Conversations of Goethe by Johann Peter EckermannConversations of Goethe by Johann Peter Eckermann

Conversations of Goethe

byJohann Peter EckermannEditorJ. K. Moorhead

Paperback | March 26, 1999

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German poet, dramatist, novelist, translator, scientist, and musician, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) was the last universal genius of the West and a master of world literature, the author of The Sorrows of Young Werther, Wilhelm Meister, and Faust. Nowhere else can one encounter a more penetrating, many-sided, and personal Goethe than in the extraordinary Conversations (1836) by Johann Peter Eckermann (1792–1854), a German author and scholar as well as Goethe's friend, archivist, and editor. Although only thirty-one when first meeting the seventy-four-year-old literary giant, Eckermann quickly devoted himself to assisting Goethe during his last nine years while never failing to record their far-ranging discourse. Here are Goethe's thoughts on Byron, Carlyle, Delacroix, Hegel, Shakespeare, and Voltaire, as well as his views on art, architecture, astronomy, the Bible, Chinese literature, criticism, dreams, ethics, freedom, genius, imagination, immortality, love, mind over body, sculpture, and much more. Eckermann's Conversations—comparable to Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson—allows Goethe to engage the reader in a voice as distinct as it is entrancing.
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Title:Conversations of GoetheFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5 × 1.12 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780306808814

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1999 marks the 250th anniversary of German poet, novelist, translator, scientist and musician Wolfgang von Goethe. Considered the last universal genius of the West and a master of literature, Goethe penned The Sorrows of Young Werther, Wilhelm Meister and Faust. Johann Peter Eckermann was the writer’s friend, editor and archivist. He devoted himself to the literary genius, assisting him during his last decade and recording everything. Conversation of Goethe outlines Goethe’s views on literary giants, art, architecture, astronomy, religion, criticism and dreams.