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The Essential Goethe By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Essential Goethe by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Essential Goethe by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Essential Goethe is the most comprehensive and representative one-volume collection of Goethe's writings ever published in English. It provides English-language readers easier access than ever before to the widest range of work by one of the greatest writers in world history. Goethe's work as playwright, poet, novelist, and autobiographer is fully represented. In addition to the works for which he is most famous, including Faust Part I and the lyric poems, the volume features important literary works that are rarely published in English--including the dramas Egmont, Iphigenia in Tauris, and Torquato Tasso and the bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, a foundational work in the history of the novel. The volume also offers a selection of Goethe's essays on the arts, philosophy, and science, which give access to the thought of a polymath unrivalled in the modern world. Primarily drawn from Princeton's authoritative twelve-volume Goethe edition, the translations are highly readable and reliable modern versions by scholars of Goethe. The volume also features an extensive introduction to Goethe's life and works by volume editor Matthew Bell. Includes: * Selected poems* Four complete dramas: Faust Part I, Egmont, Iphigenia in Tauris, and Torquato Tasso* The complete novel Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship* A selection from the travel journal Italian Journey* Selected essays on art and literature* Selected essays on philosophy and science* An extensive introduction to Goethe's life and works* A chronology of Goethe's life and times* A note on the texts and translations

The Essential Goethe Reviews

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016 The Essential Goethe, a rich new anthology, a thousand pages long, edited by Matthew Bell ... valiantly seeks to display every facet of Goethe's genius.--Adam Kirsch, New Yorker Succeeds in presenting Goethe from as many angles as can be fitted in between the covers of a single tome: the scientist beside the poet, the tireless observer of nature and eagle-eyed critic of art and society, the philosopher alongside the novelist and playwright.--Osman Durrani, Times Literary Supplement The meticulously prepared edition [The Essential Goethe] brims with Goethe's radiant insights and reflects his stunning virtuosity, confirming again his paramount position in European letters.--Publishers Weekly This book answers a need for a one-volume English translation of Goethe's most significant works... An excellent, serviceable book.--Choice

About Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was one of the greatest artists of the German Romantic period. Matthew Bell is professor of German and comparative literature at King's College London. His books include Goethe's Naturalistic Anthropology and Melancholia: The Western Malady.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii Chronology of Goethe's Life and Times xxxiii Selected Poems 1 Egmont 41 Translated by Michael Hamburger Iphigenia in Tauris 107 Translated by David Luke Torquato Tasso 163 Translated by Michael Hamburger Faust. A Tragedy 249 Translated by John R. Williams Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship 371 Italian Journey: Part One 751 On Literature and Art 867 On German Architecture (1772) 867 Shakespeare: A Tribute (1771) 872 Simple Imitation, Manner, Style (1789) 875 Response to a Literary Rabble-Rouser (1795) 878 Winckelmann and His Age (1805) 881 Myron's Cow (1818) 903 On World Literature 908 On Philosophy and Science 913 On Granite (1784) 913 A Study Based on Spinoza (c. 1785) 916 The Metamorphosis of Plants (1790) 917 Toward a General Comparative Theory (1790-94) 937 The Experiment as Mediator between Subject and Object (1792) 940 The Extent to Which the Idea Beauty Is Perfection in Combination with Freedom May Be Applied to Living Organisms (c. 1794) 947 Observation on Morphology in General (c. 1795) 948 Polarity (c. 1799) 951 From Theory of Color (1791-1807) 952 Part Five: Relationship to Other Fields 952 Part Six: Sensory-Moral Effect of Color 960 From On Morphology (1807-17) 977 The Enterprise Justified 977 The Purpose Set Forth 978 The Content Prefaced 981 The Influence of Modern Philosophy (1817) 983 Colors in the Sky (1817-20) 986 Problems (1823) 987 Excerpt from Toward a Theory of Weather (1825) 988 Analysis and Synthesis (c. 1829) 993 A More Intense Chemical Activity in Primordial Matter (1826) 995 Excerpt from The Spiral Tendency in Vegetation (1829-31) 995 Selections from Maxims and Reflections 998

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