Goethe and Napoleon

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

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Among the outstanding encounters between rulers and poets with major insights of literary, cultural, or political consequences are Queen Eleanor (1122-1204) and the troubadours, Emperor Charles IV and Petrarch (meetings in 1354-55), and Queen Elizabeth I and her entourage of court-poets (e.g., Edmund Spenser; Shakespeare). The meetings between Goethe and Napoleon are of particular interest since they shed a revealing light on both geniuses at the height of their respective career.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) had achieved worldwide renown through his Sturm und Drang works and his collaboration with Friedrich Schiller during their classicist period. After Napoleon defeated …

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Citation: Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Goethe and Napoleon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 May 2011 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=17630, accessed 30 September 2023.]

17630 Goethe and Napoleon 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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