Goethe and the Ginkgo : a Tree and a Poem. (eBook, 2010) [WorldCat.org]
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Goethe and the Ginkgo : a Tree and a Poem.

Author: Siegfried Unseld; Kenneth J Northcott
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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In 1815, Goethe gave symbolic expression to his intense relationship with Marianne Willemer, a recently married woman thirty-five years his junior. He gave her a leaf from the ginkgo tree, explaining that, like its deeply cleft yet still whole leaf, he was "single yet twofold." Although it is not known if their relationship was ever consummated, they did exchange love poetry, and Goethe published several of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Unseld, Siegfried.
Goethe and the Ginkgo : A Tree and a Poem.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Siegfried Unseld; Kenneth J Northcott
ISBN: 9780226841953 0226841952
OCLC Number: 781278184
Description: 1 online resource (99 pages)
Contents: Contents; Translator's Note; I. The Ginkgo; Ii. Goethe, Marianne, and the Ginkgo; Iii. The Ginkgo in Recent Literature; Notes; Illustration Credits.

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In 1815, Goethe gave symbolic expression to his intense relationship with Marianne Willemer, a recently married woman thirty-five years his junior. He gave her a leaf from the ginkgo tree, explaining that, like its deeply cleft yet still whole leaf, he was "single yet twofold." Although it is not known if their relationship was ever consummated, they did exchange love poetry, and Goethe published several of Marianne's poems in his West-East Divan without crediting her authorship. In this beautiful little book, renowned Goethe scholar Siegfried Unseld considers what this episode means to our est.

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