“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 …
We have have no profile for this entry. If you are a qualified scholar and you wish to write for The Literary Encyclopedia, please click here to contact us.
Dye, Ellis. "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 June 2006; last revised 10 January 2008.
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1781, accessed 22 September 2018.]