The Life and Works of Goethe With Sketches of His Age and Contemporaries from Published and Unpublished Sources

by George Henry Lewes

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series

The Life and Works of Goethe With Sketches of His Age and Contemporaries from Published and Unpublished Sources Synopsis

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was one of Germany's greatest intellectuals. He exerted enormous influence in many fields, through works ranging from literature, linguistics and philosophy to the theory of colours and the biological sciences. Goethe's poetry and plays inspired music and opera as well as later writers, and his thought influenced philosophers including Nietzsche and Jung. Darwin himself referred to Goethe's botanical studies. The British philosopher and literary critic G. H. Lewes (1817-1878) carried out research for this hugely successful two-volume biography during a trip to Berlin and Weimar in 1854. First published in 1855, and reissued here in the second, 1858 edition, it draws on personal letters and recollections provided by Goethe's closest friends, family and colleagues to construct a portrait of this polymath, and assess how his personal relationships shaped his legacy to the world. Volume 1 focuses on Goethe's early life until 1779.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108027625
Publication date: 17th February 2011
Author: George Henry Lewes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 408 pages
Categories: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800,

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