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The tiger's tender touch : the erotic life of Goethe

Author: Karl Hugo Pruys
Publisher: Carol Stream, Ill. : Edition Q, ©1999.
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Is it possible that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, master of Western love poetry, prophet of sentimentality, creator of inspiring female characters, occasional writer of smutty verse, and herald of a universal Eros, could have been an erotically and sexually introverted egomaniac? That while he celebrated the idea of love between men and women, he made every effort to sidestep the risks of intimacy in his own life?
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Pruys, Karl Hugo, 1938-
Tiger's tender touch.
Carol Stream, Ill. : Edition Q, ©1999
(OCoLC)607189634
Named Person: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Hugo Pruys
ISBN: 1883695066 9781883695064
OCLC Number: 40890922
Description: xvii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Enough of Girls! --
I Am a Foolish Boy --
Welcome and Farewell --
A Wonderful Serenity --
The Object of Your Love --
"Fritz" --
New Love, New Life --
Misunderstanding Between Brothers --
My Sister or My Wife --
Cour d'Amour --
The Tiger's Tender Touch --
I Too in Arcadia! --
Only He Who Knows Longing --
Seduction en Detail --
A Marriage in Letters --
Erotica Romana --
My Adventure Is Endured --
The Nearness of the Beloved --
The Boy is Now Mine --
Metamorphosis of Sensuality --
Fantasy at Sunset --
Minchen, My Minchen --
Oh! How It Flatters My Desire --
I Have a Reputation for Coldness in This Town and District --
In Praise of "Daughterly Sentiments" --
I Like the Look of These Nice Boys --
What Must Be Read By and About Goethe?
Other Titles: Liebkosungen des Tigers.
Responsibility: Karl Hugo Pruys ; translated by Kathleen Bunten.

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Is it possible that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, master of Western love poetry, prophet of sentimentality, creator of inspiring female characters, occasional writer of smutty verse, and herald of a universal Eros, could have been an erotically and sexually introverted egomaniac? That while he celebrated the idea of love between men and women, he made every effort to sidestep the risks of intimacy in his own life? Indeed, argues Karl Hugo Pruys, this poet dwelled in a no-man's-land between the sexes and in fact may even have been a "cold misogynist," as one friend accused. Pruys's stunning conclusion? That Goethe ingeniously paid court to women in poetry to disguise his secret passion for men.

In an exploration of Goethe's erotic life through his letters and poems as well as through firsthand observations by his contemporaries, Pruys examines a neglected topic: Goethe's homoeroticism.

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