Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von GoetheElective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Elective Affinities

byJohann Wolfgang von GoetheTranslated byR. J. Hollingdale

Paperback | October 26, 1978

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Condemned as immoral when it was first published, this novel reflects the conflict Goethe felt between his respect for the conventions of marriage and the possibility of spontaneous passion.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt-on-Main in 1749. He studied at Leipzig, where he showed interest in the occult, and at Strassburg, where Herder introduced him to Shakespeare’s works and to folk poetry. He produced some essays and lyrical verse, and at twenty-two wrote Götz von Berlichingen, a play which brought him nat...
Title:Elective AffinitiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:October 26, 1978Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140442421

ISBN - 13:9780140442427

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Table of Contents

Elective Affinities - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Introduction
Elective Affinities
Part One
Part Two

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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe had been living with Christiane Vulpius for 18 years before he married her. Two years later, the relationship fell apart when he fell in love with a young girl. Elective Affinities draws from this real-life experience to tell the story of a man torn between the respectful conventions of marriage and the fulfilling vistas of spontaneous passion. Set in 19th century Germany, it is the story of Eduard and Charlotte, whose idle lives take a dramatic shift when two fresh faces pop in. Working on levels both narrative and theoretical, this novel probes the nature of love.