The Sorrows of Young Werther

Paperback | April 24, 2012

byJohann Wolfgang von GoetheTranslated byDavid Constantine

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"I have so much and my feeling for her devours everything, I have so much and without her everything is nothing."The Sorrows of Young Werther propelled Goethe to instant fame when it first appeared in 1774. Goethe drew on his own unhappy experiences to tell the story of Werther, a young man tormented by his love for Lotte, a tender-hearted girl who is promised to someone else. Overwhelmed by his feelings,Werther begins to see only one way to escape from his anguish.Goethe's story of a sensitive young artist alienated from society channelled the Romantic sensibility of the day and led to a wave of imitations. Werther's searching introspection and the passionate intensity with which he bares his soul have an immediacy that is all the more powerful for beingexpressed in letters; charting the course of his emotions, they give added drama to the unfolding account. David Constantine's new translation captures the novel's lyric clarity, and his introduction and notes illuminate Goethe's achievement.

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"I have so much and my feeling for her devours everything, I have so much and without her everything is nothing."The Sorrows of Young Werther propelled Goethe to instant fame when it first appeared in 1774. Goethe drew on his own unhappy experiences to tell the story of Werther, a young man tormented by his love for Lotte, a tender-hea...

David Constantine is a poet, novelist, and short-story writer who taught German language and literature at Durham and then Queen's College, Oxford. His most recent poetry collection is Nine Fathoms Deep (2009), and his most recent volulme of short stories, The Shieling (2009). He has translated Holderlin, Goethe, Kleist, and Brecht: G...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199583021

ISBN - 13:9780199583027

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