Selected Works: Selected Works

Hardcover | June 15, 2000

byJohann Wolfgang von Goethe

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One of the towering figures of world literature, Goethe has never held quite as prominent a place in the English-speaking world as he deserves. This collection of his four major works, together with a selection of his finest letters and poems, shows that he is not only one of the very greatest European writers: he is also accessible, entertaining, and contemporary.

The Sorrows of Young Werther is a story of self-destructive love that made its author a celebrity overnight at the age of twenty-five. Its exploration of the conflicts between ideas and feelings, between circumstance and desire, continues in his controversial novel probing the institution of marriage, Elective Affinities. The cosmic drama of Faust goes far beyond the realism of the novels in a poetic exploration of good and evil, while Italian Journey, written in the author’s old age, recalls his youth in Italy and the impact of Mediterranean culture on a young northerner.

Translators include W. H. Auden, Louise Bogan, David Constantine, Barker Fairley, and Elizabeth Mayer

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One of the towering figures of world literature, Goethe has never held quite as prominent a place in the English-speaking world as he deserves. This collection of his four major works, together with a selection of his finest letters and poems, shows that he is not only one of the very greatest European writers: he is also accessible, e...

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“Goethe’s greatness is singular: it is difficult to think of any parallel to his achievement . . . At every stage of a long and inwardly turbulent life he rediscovered, or reinvented, himself through his writing, and yet he never significantly repeated himself. For each of the ages of man, which he experienced in his own person, he fou...

Before he was thirty, Goethe had proven himself a master of the novel, the drama, and lyric poetry. But even more impressive than his versatility was his unwillingness ever to settle into a single style or approach; whenever he used a literary form, he made of it something new.Born in 1749 to a well-to-do family in Frankfurt, he was se...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1248 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 2.2 inPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375410449

ISBN - 13:9780375410444

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goethe This edition includes the following works: The Sorrows of Young Werther, Elective Affinities, Italian Journey, Novella, Faust, and Selected Poems and Letters. The translation here of the Faust poem (translated by Barker Fairley) takes a literal prose form. If the reader prefers a poetic version truer to the original German I suggest Charles Brooks translation. The entire 'Everyman's Library' collection is beautifully bound and this is no exception. An excellent compilation to have on your shelf.
Date published: 2008-01-13

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“Goethe’s greatness is singular: it is difficult to think of any parallel to his achievement . . . At every stage of a long and inwardly turbulent life he rediscovered, or reinvented, himself through his writing, and yet he never significantly repeated himself. For each of the ages of man, which he experienced in his own person, he found a new poetry.”
—from the Introduction by Nicholas Boyle