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Selected Works There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN here One of the towering figures of world literature Goethe has never held quite as prominent a place in the English speaking world as he deserves

  • Title: Selected Works
  • Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • ISBN: 9780375410444
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN10 here.One of the towering figures of world literature, Goethe has never held quite as prominent a place in the English speaking world as he deserves This collection of his four major works, together with a selection of his finest letters and poems, shows that he is not only one of the very greatest European writers he isThere is an alternate cover edition for this ISBN10 here.One of the towering figures of world literature, Goethe has never held quite as prominent a place in the English speaking world as he deserves This collection of his four major works, together with a selection of his finest letters and poems, shows that he is not only one of the very greatest European writers he is also accessible, entertaining, and contemporary.The Sorrows of Young Werther is a story of self destructive love that made its author a celebrity overnight at the age of twenty five Its exploration of the conflicts between ideas and feelings, between circumstance and desire, continues in his controversial novel probing the institution of marriage, Elective Affinities The cosmic drama of Faust goes far beyond the realism of the novels in a poetic exploration of good and evil, while Italian Journey, written in the author s old age, recalls his youth in Italy and the impact of Mediterranean culture on a young northerner.Translators include W H Auden, Louise Bogan, David Constantine, Barker Fairley, and Elizabeth Mayer

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      Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer George Eliot called him Germany s greatest man of letters and the last true polymath to walk the earth Goethe s works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science Goethe s magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two part drama Faust Goethe s other well known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of Weimar Classicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sentimentality Empfindsamkeit , Sturm und Drang, and Romanticism The author of the scientific text Theory of Colours, he influenced Darwin with his focus on plant morphology He also long served as the Privy Councilor Geheimrat of the duchy of Weimar.Goethe is the originator of the concept of Weltliteratur world literature , having taken great interest in the literatures of England, France, Italy, classical Greece, Persia, Arabic literature, amongst others His influence on German philosophy is virtually immeasurable, having major impact especially on the generation of Hegel and Schelling, although Goethe himself expressly and decidedly refrained from practicing philosophy in the rarefied sense.Goethe s influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a major source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry and philosophy Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture as well Early in his career, however, he wondered whether painting might not be his true vocation late in his life, he expressed the expectation that he would ultimately be remembered above all for his work in optics.

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    1. My Goodness, but Werther is an annoying little twit. I read this in a half-assed way in college, and it popped up in my consciousness again when I was reading about the Romantic period in literature. Apparently, this book made a huge splash when it was published and translated into English and French, etc. Young men across the continent developed 'Werther fever', developed obsessive feelings about the book, dressed like the main character, even duplicated his actions in the book to the point of [...]


    2. Didn't think much of the histrionics of Sorrows of Young Werther. Much ado about nothing. Faust was wonderful.


    3. I actually feel guilty for not liking this volume more. It was all right. When Russian writers mention Werther, I know what they mean. Faust actually had me in stitches near the start (and they call some of these other writers sexist?? Read the poodle bit.) but it turned trippy towards the middle, and meandered more than I liked. The Travels simply did not appeal to me in the least; I was bored to the point of skipping ahead, something I almost never do. One gem, in the poems at the back of my c [...]


    4. Just regarding Werther, the four or five pages of Ossian translations were a trial, undermining the climax with which they were intertwined, but the conclusion was very strong--vivid, hold-no-punches kind of stuff given the time period--and you can readily see how it prefigures Romanticism in general.



    5. Filled with interesting insghts from one our true genuises. You have to see them, though as part of the story. Made a good impact on me.



    6. What a brilliant man! Reading him displays the plateau reachable by determination and brains. If only we had such men today!



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