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|Genre/Form:||Translations into English|
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832.
Auto-biography of Goethe.
London, H.G. Bohn, 1848
|Named Person:||Johann Wolfgang von Goethe|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; John Oxenford; Parke Godwin
The edition in 3 volumes, London, 1846, quoted in Goedeke's Grundrisz., 3. aufl., IV. bd., 3. abt. (1912) is not found in Lowndes' Manual; K. Breul's bibliography (in Poetry and truth ... rev. translation by M.S. Smith, London, 1908); E. Oswald's Goethe in England and America (Publication of the English Goethe society, no. XI, 1909).
Oxenford's translation was preceded in England by the anonymous (abridged) translation in 2 volumes, London, 1824, and a likewise anonymous translation of books I-III and part of book IV in Blackwood's magazine, v. 46-47, 1839-40. It was followed in 1849 by A.J.W. Morrison's translation of the seven remaining books.
The 2 volumes of the Autobiography, with the Letters from Switzerland and Travels in Italy (v. 2, London, 1849) are listed in Bohn's Catalogue as vols. I-II of Goethe's works, tr. by various hands, in Bohn's standard library.
Oxenford's translation of books I-X is an almost literal reprint of the translation by Parke Godwin and J.H. Hopkins, published in 1846 by Wiley & Putnam, New York. In his "Advertisement" Oxenford says that the "American version" is "not sufficiently faithful," that he found "many successful renderings" in the work of this predecessor (whose name he does not give) and that he engrafted them without hesitation. Parke Godwin in the preface to the 2d edition of his translation (New York, G.P. Putnam, 1850) states that Oxenford "simply appropriated the American edition, superadding to the wrong of the theft the injustice of a false accusation," and that "the 'many successful renderings' ... comprise nearly the whole twenty books; that is, the entire work." cf. also H.S. White, Goethe in America, Goethe jahrbuch v (1884) p. 233.
|Description:||vii, , 520 p. 18 cm.|
|Series Title:||[Goethe's Works, Vol. I]|
|Other Titles:||Truth and poetry: from my own life.
Aus meinem Leben.
|Responsibility:||Tr. from the German, by John Oxenford, esq. Thirteen books.|