Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Dichtung und Wahrheit: Aus meinem Leben [Poetry and Truth: From My Life]

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Goethe’s Dichtung und Wahrheit: Aus meinem Leben, which covers the first twenty-five years of his life, ranks among the greatest of autobiographies. His purpose in writing it was is to sketch the personal background of his writings and to exhibit a continuity of personal identity that the fragmentary and occasional nature of his published works might otherwise lead the reader to doubt. The title Dichtung und Wahrheit, a coincidentia oppositorum or coincidence of opposites, is only imperfectly translated as “Poetry and Truth”. It confesses that every self-portrait imposes a false coherence on the jumble of history and is inevitably a “Fiktion”,…

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Dye, Ellis. "Dichtung und Wahrheit: Aus meinem Leben". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2005
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