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  • Published: 24 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451418555
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $13.99

The Sorrows Of Young Werther




The Sorrows of Young Werther brings to life an idyllic German village where a youth on vacation meets and falls for lovely Charlotte.

Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings
The Sorrows of Young Werther brings to life an idyllic German village where a youth on vacation meets and falls for lovely Charlotte. The tragedy unfolds in the letters Werther writes to his friend about Charlotte's charms, even after he realizes his love will remain unrequited. 'Reflections on Werther' and 'Goethe in Sesenheim,' collections of excerpts from the author's own memoirs, reveal the genius who, as Nietzsche said, 'disciplined himself into wholeness.' Next is 'The New Melusina,'the delightful story of a pixie princess who assumes the form of a woman as she searches for a human mate. Finally, 'The Fairy Tale' is a sophisticated but strange story in which the laws of nature and physics do not apply—mingled among its human characters is a cast of two sentient will-o'-the-wisps, a giant and his shadow, a talking green serpent, and four metal statues.  

'Nature has endowed [Goethe] more generously than anyone since Shakespeare.' Friedrich Schiller
With an Introduction by Marcelle Clements and a New Afterword by Elisabeth Krimmer

  • Pub date: 24 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451418555
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $13.99

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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