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The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


ISBN: 9780451418555
ANNOTATION:
Goethe's immortal tale of unrequited love, collected with essays on its influence, selections from the author's memoirs, and other stories. Includes an Introduction by Marcelle Clements and a new Afterword. Revised reissue.
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ISBN: 9780451418555
ANNOTATION:
Goethe's immortal tale of unrequited love, collected with essays on its influence, selections from the author's memoirs, and other stories. Includes an Introduction by Marcelle Clements and a new Afterword. Revised reissue.

Annotation

Goethe's immortal tale of unrequited love, collected with essays on its influence, selections from the author's memoirs, and other stories. Includes an Introduction by Marcelle Clements and a new Afterword. Revised reissue.

Publisher Description

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

Author Biography

In 1771, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749--1832) went to Strasbourg to study law. There, he had a love affair that later inspired the idyllic Dichtung und Wahrheit (1814). He then practiced law in Frankfurt, where he composed The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). Goethe accepted an invitation from the Duke of Weimar in 1775 to join his court and for a decade held various official positions there. He spent 1787 in Italy, where he wrote Iphigenie auf Tauris and worked on the first part of Faust (1808). In 1791, Goethe was appointed director of the ducal theater, a position he held for twenty-two years. In 1806, Goethe married Christiane Vulpius, the mother of his four children. In the last year of his life, Goethe completed the second part of his masterpiece, Faust.

Marcelle Clements is a novelist and journalist who has contributed articles on culture, the arts, and politics to many national publications. She is the author of two books of notification, The Dog Is Us and The Improvised Woman, and the novels Rock Me and Midsummer.

Review

"Nature has endowed [Goethe] more generously than anyone since Shakespeare."--Friedrich Schiller "[In] Werther, all the richness of [Goethe's] gift was apparent....The extreme, nerve-shattering sensitivity of the little book...evoked a storm of applause which went beyond all bounds and fairly intoxicated the world."--Thomas Mann

Product Details

Publisher
Signet Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0451418557
ISBN-13
9780451418555
Media
Book
Format
Mass Market Paperback
Short Title
SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER & SEL
Year
2013
Translator
Catherine Hutter
Publication Date
2013-03-05
Country of Publication
United States
Series
Signet Classics
Pages
252
Author
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Residence
GW
Audience Age
18
Audience
General/Trade