Goethe: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | January 20, 2016

byRitchie Robertson

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In 1878 the Victorian critic Matthew Arnold wrote: 'Goethe is the greatest poet of modern times... because having a very considerable gift for poetry, he was at the same time, in the width, depth, and richness of his criticism of life, by far our greatest modern man.'In this Very Short Introduction , Ritchie Robertson covers the life and work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832): scientist, administrator, artist, art critic and supreme literary writer in a vast variety of genres. Looking at Goethe's poetry, novels and drama pieces, as well as his travelwriting, autobiography, and essays on art and aesthetics, Robertson analyses some of the key themes in his works: love, nature, religion and tragedy. Dispelling the misconception of Goethe as a sedate Victorian sage, Robertson shows how much of his art was rooted in turbulent personal conflicts, anddraws on recent research to present a complete portrait of the scientific work and political activity which accompanied Goethe's writings.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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In 1878 the Victorian critic Matthew Arnold wrote: 'Goethe is the greatest poet of modern times... because having a very considerable gift for poetry, he was at the same time, in the width, depth, and richness of his criticism of life, by far our greatest modern man.'In this Very Short Introduction , Ritchie Robertson covers the life a...

Ritchie Robertson is Taylor Professor of German in the University of Oxford. He is Research Director for the Modern Languages Faculty, co-director (with Carolin Duttlinger and Katrin Kohl) of the Oxford Kafka Research Centre, convenor of the Bithell Series of Dissertations in German, and editor of the new series Germanic Literatures t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:January 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199689253

ISBN - 13:9780199689255

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Table of Contents

1. Love2. Nature3. Classical Art and World Literature4. Politics5. Tragedy6. ReligionFurther ReadingIndex