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Goethe By Peter Boerner

Goethe by Peter Boerner

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is recognised as a giant of world literature; an exceptionally prolific and versatile writer. This heavily-illustrated biography by one of the world's foremost Goethe scholars is an ideal introduction to seminal figure in literary history.

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Goethe by Peter Boerner

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is recognised as a giant of world literature; an exceptionally prolific and versatile writer. As a student, he composed pastoral plays in the style of the waning Rococo. With Gotz von Berlichingen, a drama conceived in the spirit of Shakespeare, he joined the avant-garde Sturm und Drang authors. His epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther elicited fervent responses among those who rejected the traditions of the Enlightenment, and in his tragedy Faust, which evolved over a 60-year period, he created a prototype of the Romantic hero. Furthermore, based on his studies in literary theory, he developed a concept of 'world literature' that he hoped would foster communication among writers of different nations.

About Peter Boerner

Peter Boerner was born in Estonia and educated in Germany. He was the curator of the Goethe Museum in Dusseldorf, has edited a paperback collection of Goethe's works in 45 volumes, and has published extensively in the fields of Comparative Literature and Germanic Studies. He teaches in the United States at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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NPB9781908323514
9781908323514
1908323515
Goethe by Peter Boerner
New
Paperback
Haus Publishing
2013-09-26
169
N/A
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