What is the best biography of Goethe?

What is the best biography of Goethe?

A masterful intellectual portrait, Goethe: Life as a Work of Art is celebrated as the seminal twenty-first-century biography of the writer considered to be the Shakespeare of German literature. As Safranski ultimately shows, Goethe’s greatest creation, even in comparison to his masterpiece Faust, was his own life.

What should I read from Goethe?

1 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe by Jeremy Adler.

  • 2 Italian Journey by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
  • 3 Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
  • 4 Faust I & II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
  • 5 Three Philosophical Poets: Lucretius, Dante, and Goethe by George Santayana.
  • Which work is associated with Goethe?

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is perhaps best known for The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), the first novel of the Sturm und Drang movement, and for Faust (Part I, 1808; Part II, 1832), a play about a man who sells his soul to the Devil that is sometimes considered Germany’s greatest contribution to world literature.

    How did Goethe view life?

    Goethe’s classical turn in these years is marked by his view that the fullest life was one that balanced passion and duty, creativity and regulation. Only through the interplay of these oppositions, which Rousseau never came to recognize, could one attain classical perfection.

    What did Goethe study?

    Goethe studied law at Leipzig University from 1765 to 1768. He detested learning age-old judicial rules by heart, preferring instead to attend the poetry lessons of Christian Fürchtegott Gellert. In Leipzig, Goethe fell in love with Anna Katharina Schönkopf and wrote cheerful verses about her in the Rococo genre.

    Is Goethe hard reading?

    Any Goethe is going to be difficult enough, so you might as well go for something interesting – I think that makes it easier to stick with than it being slightly more easily understandable.

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