Classic German Course In English

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byWilliam Cleaver Wilkinson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...they likewise belong to literature, and to Goethe's own part in literature; all this, for Goethe has recounted them at length in his autobiography. We may thus, at the present point, and that in the very act of proceeding with our sketch begun of Goethe's life, enter immediately upon our presentation of Goethe's literary works. Goethe's autobiography, published under the title of Truth and Fiction relating to My Life (so the German expression is usually translated, but Poetry and Truth out of My Life, would be more literal), is generally considered, and justly, one of its author's most important productions. It was written in the full mellow ripeness of Goethe's unwith-ering age, and it constitutes as noteworthy a self-portrayal as exists anywhere in literature. Goethe himself, it must be remembered, is of at least as much consequence in the world of intellect as is the total sum of all the man's writings, apart from the man. The key to Goethe's literary product is Goethe himself. Never was the personality of a man of letters more inseparable than is Goethe's from the books that he wrote. Hence the capital importance, in order to gaining a clear and true idea of Goethe the author, of gaining a clear and true idea of Goethe the man. This we can in no other way so directly do, and do so satisfactorily, as ly studying his autobiography. The autobiography is a work of considerable volume--much larger, for instance, than this entire book. Our only way, then, at once effective and practicable, of proceeding in the business will be to take from that work an important section or episode of it, and, presenting this condensed, let the part thus severed stand imperfectly, but fairly, representative of the whole. There is in the autobiography of Goethe no...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...they likewise belong to literature, and to Goethe's own part in literature; all this, for Goethe has recounted them at ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217188958

ISBN - 13:9780217188951

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