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...more


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Faust: First Part
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 33,990 ratings — published 1787 — 147 editions
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The Sorrows of Young Werther
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 29,119 ratings — published 1771 — 464 editions
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Faust
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 6,605 ratings — published 1808 — 431 editions
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Elective Affinities
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,479 ratings — published 1809 — 131 editions
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Faust, Part Two
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,877 ratings — published 1832 — 59 editions
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Iphigenie auf Tauris
3.13 of 5 stars 3.13 avg rating — 1,550 ratings — published 1786 — 63 editions
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Wilhelm Meister's Apprentic...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 757 ratings — published 1795 — 65 editions
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 727 ratings — published 1962 — 12 editions
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Selected Poetry
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 552 ratings — published 1954 — 12 editions
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Götz von Berlichingen
3.21 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 514 ratings — published 1773 — 31 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

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
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“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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