Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Born
in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
August 28, 1749

Died
March 22, 1832

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Influences


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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The Sorrows of Young Werther

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Faust

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Elective Affinities

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Faust, Part Two

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Iphigenie auf Tauris

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Wilhelm Meister's Apprentic...

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Selected Poetry

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Götz von Berlichingen

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Italian Journey

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“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

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Polls

September 2015 Old School Classic Poll

1857, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages
 
  35 votes, 22.4%

 
  25 votes, 16.0%

 
  24 votes, 15.4%

-850, The Odyssey by Homer, 560 pages
 
  19 votes, 12.2%

 
  15 votes, 9.6%

1853, Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell, 432 pages
 
  9 votes, 5.8%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.1%

1887, The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy, 464 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.5%

1833, Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.5%

 
  4 votes, 2.6%

 
  3 votes, 1.9%

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