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Sorrows Of Young Werther, Elective Affinities, Italian
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  • Published: 15 December 1999
  • ISBN: 9781857152463
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1024
  • RRP: $32.99
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Sorrows Of Young Werther, Elective Affinities, Italian

Journeys and Faust


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Everyman's Library's publication in a single beautiful hardback volume of Goethe's four principal masterpieces, together with a selection of his poems and letters

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) is one of the towering figures of world culture, a universal man whose extraordinary talents found expression in literature, drama, autobiography, politics and the sciences. To coincide with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth, Everyman's Library is publishing in a single volume his four principal masterpieces, together with a small selection of his poems and letters. Edited and introduced by Nicholas Boyle, author of the definitive biography of Goethe, the second volume of which will be published later this year, the Everyman's Library edition will show that Goethe remains one of the most intriguing and readable of European writers. Goethe established an international literary reputation overnight with The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), a story of disappointed love and pathological sensibility which mounted a powerful challenge to the rationalism of the Enlightenment.

  • Pub date: 15 December 1999
  • ISBN: 9781857152463
  • Imprint: Everyman
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1024
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt-on-Main in 1749. He studied at Leipzig, where he showed interest in the occult, and at Strassburg, where Herder introduced him to Shakespeare's works and to folk poetry. He produced some essays and lyrical verse, and at twenty-two wrote Götz von Berlichingen, a play which brought him national fame and established him in the current Sturm und Drang movement. This was followed by the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther in 1774, which was an even greater success.

Goethe began work on Faust, and Egmont, another tragedy before being invited to join the government of Weimar. His interest in the classical world led him to leave suddenly for Italy in 1786 and the Italian Journey recounts his travels there. Iphigenia in Tauris andTorquato Tasso, classical dramas, were written at this time. Returning to Weimar, Goethe started the second part of Faust, encouraged by Schiller. In 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius. During this late period he finished his series of Wilhelm Master books and wrote many other works, including The Oriental Divan (1819). He also directed the State Theatre and worked on scientific theories in evolutionary botany, anatomy and color. Goethe completed Faust in 1832, just before he died.

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