The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and it also influenced the later Romantic literary movement.
Eduard and Charlotte are an aristocratic couple who live a harmonious but idle life in their estate. But the peace of their existence is thrown into chaos when two visitors - Eduard's friend the Captain and Charlotte's passionate young ward Ottilie - provoke unexpected attraction and forbidden love. Taking its title from the principle of elective affinities - the theory that certain chemicals are naturally drawn to one another - this is a penetrating study of marriage and adultery. Inspired by Goethe's own conflicting loyalties as he battled to maintain his relationship with his wife and control his feelings for a younger woman, Elective Affinities is one of the greatest works of the romance era: a rich exploration of love, conflict, and the inescapable force of fate.
The Sorrows of Young Werther is an epistolary novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It's publication instantly made the 24-year-old Goethe one of the first international literary celebrities. Of all his works, this book was the most known to the general public. Werther gives a very intimate account of his stay in the fictional village of Wahlheim (based on the town of Garbenheim, near Wetzlar). He is enchanted by the simple ways of the peasants there. He meets Lotte, a beautiful young girl who is taking care of her siblings following the death of their mother. Despite knowing beforehand that Lotte is already engaged to a man named Albert who is 11 years her senior, Werther falls in love with her. Although this causes Werther great pain, he spends the next few months cultivating a close friendship with both of them. His pain eventually becomes so great that he is forced to leave and go to Weimar. While he is away, he makes the acquaintance of Fräulein von B. He suffers a great embarrassment when he forgetfully visits a friend and has to face the normal weekly gathering of the entire aristocratic set. He returns to Wahlheim after this, where he suffers more than he did before, partially because Lotte and Albert are now married. Every day serves as a torturous reminder that Lotte will never be able to requite his love. Out of pity for her friend and respect for her husband, Lotte comes to the decision that Werther must not visit her so frequently. Werther had realized even before this incident that one member of their love triangle — Lotte, Albert or Werther himself — had to die in order to resolve the situation. Unable to hurt anyone else or seriously consider committing murder, Werther sees no other choice but to take his own life. After composing a farewell letter to be found after his suicide, he writes to Albert asking for his two pistols, under a pretence that he is going "on a journey". Lotte receives the request with great emotion and sends the pistols. Werther then shoots himself in the head, but does not expire until 12 hours after he has shot himself. He is buried under a linden tree, a tree he talks about frequently in his letters, and the funeral is not attended by clergymen, Albert or his beloved Lotte.
The 1774 publication of the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther transformed its 24-year-old author, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, into a world-renowned literary sensation virtually overnight. The story centers on Werther, a highly sensitive artist who has channeled his passionate temperate into his unrequited love for Lotte, a beautiful young lady who is still reeling from the aftermath of her mother's death. Regarded as a masterpiece of the Romantic era, this lyrical meditation on love and loss will resonate with anyone whose affections have been spurned.
Germany’s most celebrated writer deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of classical literature. This eBook presents the most comprehensive collection of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s works available, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version: 1)
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Goethe’s life and works * Concise introductions to the novels, plays and other works * ALL the novels and 12 plays, including rare plays appearing for the first time in digital print * Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Features Abraham Hayward’s 30 beautiful illustrations for FAUST * Includes the rare and often missed-out-of-collections Part Two of FAUST * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry * Easily locate the poems you want to read * Non-fiction works, including the famous THEORY OF COLOUR * Special criticism section, with essays by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sir Walter Scott, as evaluating Goethe’s contribution to literature * Features an autobiography and a bonus biography – discover Goethe’s literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
The Novels THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER WILHELM MEISTER’S APPRENTICESHIP ELECTIVE AFFINITIES WILHELM MEISTER’S JOURNEYMAN YEARS
The Short Stories A TALE THE GOOD WOMEN
The Plays THE WAYWARD LOVER THE FELLOW CULPRITS GOETZ VON BERLICHINGEN CLAVIGO EGMONT THE BROTHER AND SISTER STELLA IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS TORQUATO TASSO FAUST: PART ONE THE NATURAL DAUGHTER FAUST: PART TWO
The Poetry THE POEMS OF GOETHE LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Non-Fiction THEORY OF COLOURS MAXIMS AND REFLECTIONS
The Criticism GOETHE – THE WRITER by Ralph Waldo Emerson GOETHE by C. E. Vaughan GOETHE by John Cowper Powys GOETHE’S FAUST by George Santayana SHAKESPEARE AND GOETHE by David Masson GOETHE’S THEORY OF COLORS by John Tyndall EXTRACTS OF CORRESPONDENCE by Sir Walter Scott
The Autobiography TRUTH AND FICTION RELATING TO MY LIFE
The Biography THE LIFE OF GOETHE by Calvin Thomas
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I have carefully collected whatever I have been able to learn of the story of poor Werther, and here present it to you, knowing that you will thank me for it. To his spirit and character you cannot refuse your admiration and love: to his fate you will not deny your tears. And thou, good soul, who sufferest the same distress as he endured once, draw comfort from his sorrows; and let this little book be thy friend, if, owing to fortune or through thine own fault, thou canst not find a dearer companion.
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