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

3.68 avg rating — 94,942 ratings — published 1774 — 1464 editions
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Faust

3.95 avg rating — 35,897 ratings — published 1832 — 1979 editions
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Elective Affinities

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Faust, Part Two

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Iphigenie auf Tauris

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Götz von Berlichingen

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“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

“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

“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.”
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January 2018 Old School Poll

 
  57 votes, 16.3%

 
  57 votes, 16.3%

Shirley by Charlotte Brontë 1849, 624 pages
 
  46 votes, 13.1%

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 1855, 624 pages
 
  33 votes, 9.4%

 
  28 votes, 8.0%

Silas Marner by George Eliot 1861, 262 pages
 
  27 votes, 7.7%

 
  27 votes, 7.7%

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev 1862, 244 pages
 
  22 votes, 6.3%

Germinal by Émile Zola 1885, 592 pages
 
  19 votes, 5.4%

 
  13 votes, 3.7%

Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac 1834, 370 pages
 
  12 votes, 3.4%

Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov 1859, 586 pages
 
  9 votes, 2.6%

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