The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Download The Sorrows of Young Werther ebook. The Sorrows of Young Werther propelled Goethe to instant fame when it first appeared in 1774. Goethe’s story of a sensitive young artist–an alienated youth of searching introspection and passionate intensity–captured the Romantic sensibility of the day and led to a wave of imitations. Translated by the award-winning author David Constantine, this new edition captures the novel’s lyric clarity and powerful immediacy. In addition, Constantine’s critical introduction sheds light on the autobiographical background, the novel’s epistolary form and structure, and Werther’s reception and afterlife. The explanatory notes illuminate contemporary allusions, literary references, and the parallels with Goethe’s life.
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The Sorrows of Young Werther (German: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is a loosely autobiographical, epistolary novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774. A revised edition followed in 1787. It was one of the most important novels in the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and influenced the later Romantic movement. Goethe, aged 24 at the time, finished Werther in six weeks of intensive writing in January–March 1774. It instantly placed him among the foremost international literary celebrities, and remains the best known of his works. Towards the end of Goethe’s life, a personal visit to Weimar became a crucial stage in any young man’s Grand Tour of Europe.
In a new translation which skilfully draws attention to elements of self-imprisonments within the novella, we come to understand Goethe’s desire to exorcise a part of himself. * Kristen Treen, The Observer *
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (/ˈɡɜːrtə/; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn ˈɡøːtə] (About this sound listen); 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist.
A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Carl August in 1782 after taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe was a member of the Duke’s privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar’s botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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