Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Born
in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
August 28, 1749

Died
March 22, 1832

Genre

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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Selected Poetry

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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.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Polls

September 2017 Old School Classic Poll

 
  49 votes, 14.9%

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 1600, 289 pages
 
  47 votes, 14.3%

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 1894, 277 pages
 
  33 votes, 10.0%

Utopia by Thomas More 1516, 135 pages
 
  27 votes, 8.2%

 
  27 votes, 8.2%

Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens 1839, 817 pages
 
  21 votes, 6.4%

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy 1895, 310 pages
 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  19 votes, 5.8%

 
  16 votes, 4.9%

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 1883, 262 pages
 
  16 votes, 4.9%

 
  13 votes, 4.0%

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant 1885, 416 pages
 
  10 votes, 3.0%

 
  10 votes, 3.0%

East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood 1861, 694 pages
 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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