Goethe’s classic story of tormented love and destruction
Told through lyrical and impassioned letters to his friend Wilhelm, this novel follows the ardent young Werther to the German countryside, where he delves into artistic pursuits and basks in the simplicity of village life. But Werther’s tranquility is shattered when he meets the captivating Charlotte at a ball in a nearby town. Every bit his equal in temperament and intellectual interests, Charlotte quickly becomes Werther’s singular obsession. He falls inextricably in love despite her engagement to another man. Overtaken by his affection for Charlotte and unable to extricate himself from the unrequited love, Werther must make peace between his artistic temperament and the harsh realities of the world.
Among the first—and most notable—examples of Germany’s Sturm und Drang movement, The Sorrows of Young Werther was enormously influential upon its publication in 1774, creating a cult of personality around the tragic figure of Werther and causing a sensation in Europe’s literary community.
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A classic of world literature, Goethe’s Faust is a philosophical and poetic drama full of satire, irony, humor, and tragedy. Martin Greenberg re-creates not only the text’s varied meter and rhyme but also its diverse tones and styles—dramatic and lyrical, reflective and farcical, pathetic and coarse, colloquial and soaring. His rendition of Faust is the first faithful, readable, and elegantly written translation of Goethe’s masterpiece available in English. At last, the Greenberg Faust is available in a single volume, together with a thoroughly updated translation, preface, and notes.
“Greenberg has accomplished a magnificent literary feat. He has taken a great German work, until now all but inaccessible to English readers, and made it into a sparkling English poem, full of verve and wit. Greenberg's translation lives; it is done in a modern idiom but with respect for the original text; I found it a joy to read.”—Irving Howe (on the earlier edition)
Prometheus. Ich will nicht, sag es ihnen! Und kurz und gut, ich will nicht! Ihr Wille gegen meinen! Eins gegen eins, Mich dünkt, es hebt sich! Merkur. Deinem Vater Zeus das bringen? Deiner Mutter? Prometheus. Was Vater! Mutter! Weißt du, woher du kommst? Ich stand, als ich zum erstenmal bemerkte Die Füße stehn, Und reichte, da ich Diese Hände reichen fühlte, Und fand die achtend meiner Tritte, Die du nennst Vater, Mutter.
From the wager between God and Mephistopheles and the pact Faust makes with the latter--that this genial, urbane devil could have his soul if ever Faust became satisfied with any experience or knowledge Mephistopheles could show him--the drama unfolds in scenes that are human and compelling, that hold the reader by their despair and ecstasy, their tender love, passionate desire and wisdom, but also by their gaiety, humor, and irony. As Faust proceeds with his devilish guide, it is his striving for understanding that becomes important, not the attainment, and in fact this is what saves him in the end.Part I of Faust, which Goethe published twenty-four years before its sequel, deals with Faust's journey through the everyday world and his love for Gretchen. It is made especially memorable in this translation, which Victor Lange, Chairman of the Department of German at Princeton, has called "certainly the most usable and most appealing Faust translation in English. It is modern without losing the dignity of the original and is perhaps the only translation that conveys something of the freshness and poetic vitality of Goethe's own speech."
»Die Leiden des jungen Werthers« (1774) war der zweite große Erfolg Goethes nach »Götz von Berlichingen« (1773). Der Briefroman handelt von der unglücklichen Liaison des jungen Rechtspraktikanten Werther mit Lotte, einer jungen Frau, die mit einem anderen Mann verlobt ist. Der Roman gehört zu der literarischen Strömung des »Sturm und Drang«.
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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