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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Full Name: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Gender: Male
Hometown: Frankfurt am Main
Born: 1749-08-28
Died: 1832-03-22
Number of Works: 823
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.


ISBN: 0553213482, 9780553213485
Keywords: faust
Pages: 352
Published: 1808
  • Rating: 80%

Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever. Here, in Faust, Part I, the tremendous versatility of Goethe’s genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in literature. Here too we experience Goethe’s characteristic humor, the excitement and eroticism of the w
ISBN: 0812969901, 9780812969900
Keywords: werther, sorrows
Pages: 176
Published: 1774
  • Rating: 80%

A major work of German romanticism in a translation that is acknowledged as the definitive English language version. The Vintage Classics edition also includes NOVELLA, Goethe's poetic vision of an idyllic pastoral society.
ISBN: 0192835955, 9780192835956
Keywords: one, part, faust
Pages: 240
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

The legend of Faust grew up in the sixteenth century, a time of transition between medieval and modern culture in Germany. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) adopted the story of the wandering conjuror who accepts Mephistopheles's offer of a pact, selling his soul for the devil's greater knowledge; over a period of 60 years he produced one of the greatest dramatic and poetic masterpieces of European literature. David Luke's recent translation, specially commissioned for The World's Classics series, has all the virtues of previous classic translations of Faust, and none of their shortcomin
ISBN: 0192837761, 9780192837769
Keywords: affinities, elective
Pages: 272
Published: 1809
  • Rating: 80%

The novel asks whether we have free will or not; more disturbingly, it confronts its characters with the monstrous consequences of their repression of any real life in themselves. It seems they are sunk so far in convention, fear, and unnaturalness that a real life, or even the beginnings of one, must appear to them as something terrible and destructive.
ISBN: 0192836366, 9780192836366
Keywords: part, faust
Pages: 400
Published: 1832
  • Rating: 80%

The Faustian legend has captured the imagination of readers and writers for centuries and in Goethe's "Faust" we find one of the greatest tellings of this old German tale. It is the story of man who makes a deal with the devil and pays with his soul. The influence of this theme on literature cannot be understated. In Goethe's "Faust" we find what is probably the most famous version of the story and one of the greatest works of literature ever written.
ISBN: 3150000831, 9783150000830
Keywords: tauris, auf, iphigenie
Pages: 79
Published: 1787
  • Rating: 60%

Iphigenie auf Tauris.
ISBN: 0451529626, 9780451529626
Keywords: writings, selected, werther, sorrows
Pages: 256
Published: 1962
  • Rating: 80%

This classic selection of writings by Goethe reflects the author's philosophy of love and death.
ISBN: 069103656X, 9780691036564
Keywords: vol, works, collected, goethe, faust
Pages: 329
Published: 1832
  • Rating: 80%

Goethe's most complex and profound work, Faust was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over a period of sixty years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. As a drama drawn from an immense variety of cultural and historical material, set in a wealth of poetic and theatrical traditions, it can be read as the story of Western humanity striving restlessly and ruthlessly for progress. Faust is made available to the English reader in a completely new translation that communicates both its poetic variety and its many levels of tone. The language
ISBN: 0140424563, 9780140424560
Keywords: poetry, selected
Pages: 336
Published: 1954
  • Rating: 80%

Arranged chronologically, David Luke's verse translations are set alongside the German originals to give a picture of Goethe's poetic development. This edition also includes an introduction and notes placing the poems in the context of the poet's life and times.
ISBN: 0140442332, 9780140442335
Keywords: journey, italian
Pages: 512
Published: 1817
  • Rating: 80%

In 1786, when he was already the acknowledged leader of the Sturm und Drang literary movement, Goethe set out on a journey to Italy to fulfil a personal and artistic quest and to find relief from his responsibilities and the agonies of unrequited love. As he travelled to Venice, Rome, Naples and Sicily he wrote many letters, which he later used as the basis for the Italian Journey. A journal full of fascinating observations on art and history, and the plants, landscape and the character of the local people he encountered, this is also a moving account of the psychological crisis from which Goe