Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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born
in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
August 28, 1749

died
March 22, 1832

gender
male

genre

influences


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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 Dra
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Faust: First Part
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 39,633 ratings — published 1787 — 183 editions
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The Sorrows of Young Werther
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 38,404 ratings — published 1774 — 581 editions
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Faust
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 12,934 ratings — published 1832 — 550 editions
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Elective Affinities
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 3,466 ratings — published 1809 — 154 editions
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Faust, Part Two
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,591 ratings — published 1832 — 69 editions
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Iphigenie auf Tauris
3.16 of 5 stars 3.16 avg rating — 2,197 ratings — published 1786 — 78 editions
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Wilhelm Meister's Apprentic...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 981 ratings — published 2008 — 20 editions
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Selected Poetry
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 710 ratings — published 1954 — 3 editions
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Götz von Berlichingen
3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 743 ratings — published 1773 — 35 editions
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More books by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe…
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Polls

February 2015 Old School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our February 2015 Old School Classics group read?

1887, The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, 126 pages
 
  10 votes, 19.2%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  9 votes, 17.3%

1818, Persuasion by Jane Austen, 249 pages
 
  6 votes, 11.5%

 
  5 votes, 9.6%

 
  5 votes, 9.6%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  4 votes, 7.7%

 
  4 votes, 7.7%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  3 votes, 5.8%

 
  2 votes, 3.8%

 
  2 votes, 3.8%

 
  1 vote, 1.9%

1877, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 245 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.9%

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