Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“The old Eternal Genius who built the world has confided himself more to this man than to any other”, said Ralph Waldo Emerson about Goethe. It is an understatement when Walter Kaufmann says, “Nineteenth-century German philosophy consisted to a considerable extent in a series of efforts to assimilate the phenomenon of Goethe”, for these efforts were international.

Johann Wolfgang Goethe is no longer mentioned in the same breath as Dante, and Shakespeare (“Daunty, Gouty and Shopkeeper” is how they are referred to in Finnegans Wake). “Of all the strongest Western writers, Goethe now seems the least available to our sensibility”, writes Harold Bloom. Among the factors in the erosion of Goethe's …

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Dye, Ellis. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 June 2006; last revised 10 January 2008.
[, accessed 27 May 2016.]

Articles on Goethe's works

  1. Clavigo: Ein Trauerspiel [Clavigo: A Tragedy]
  2. Der west-östliche Divan [The Parliament of West and East]
  3. Dichtung und Wahrheit: Aus meinem Leben [Poetry and Truth: From My Life]
  4. Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers [The Sorrows of Young Werther]
  5. Die Wahlverwandtschaften [Elective Affinities]
  6. Egmont
  7. Faust: Der Tragödie erster Teil [Faust: The Tragedy's First Part]
  8. Faust: Der Tragödie zweiter Teil [Faust: The Tragedy's Second Part]
  9. Gott und Welt [God and World]
  10. Gotz von Berlichingen mit der Eisernen Hand [Gotz von Berlichingen with the Iron Hand]
  11. Hermann und Dorothea
  12. Iphigenie auf Tauris [Iphigenia in Tauris]
  13. Italienische Reise [Italian Journey]
  14. Novelle [Novella]
  15. Römische Elegien [Roman Elegies]
  16. Stella [Stella]
  17. Tasso
  18. Über den Granit [On Granite]
  19. Von deutscher Baukunst [On German Architecture]
  20. Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre [Wilhelm Master's Apprenticeship]
  21. Zur Farbenlehre [Treatise on Colour; Colour Theory]

Related Groups

  1. European Romanticism