Goethe : the poet and the age. Vol. 1, The poetry of desire (1749-1790). (Book, 1991) [WorldCat.org]
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Goethe : the poet and the age. Vol. 1, The poetry of desire (1749-1790).

Author: Nicholas Boyle
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

A biography of the poet, Goethe, this book also provides an introduction to German social and intellectual history at a time when the modern nation was developing. The author suggests that Goethe was  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Boyle
ISBN: 0198158661 9780198158660 0192829815 9780192829818
OCLC Number: 181844195
Awards: Winner of Royal Society of Literature Award 1991
Description: xix, 807 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1 Germany in the 18th century: the age of Goethe?; princes, pietists, and professors; the literary context, to 1770. Part 2 Origins of a poet: Frankfurt and the Goethes; 'more chatterbox than substance' - 1749-1765; a burnt-out case? - 1765-1770; first writings. Part 3 Prometheus unbound (1770-1775): the awakening - 1770-1771; life and literature - works - 1770-1771; between sentimentalism and storm and stress - 1772-1774; detonating the bomb - works - 1772-1774; the messiah and his nation - 1774-1775; 'innocent guilt - works' - 1774-1775. Part 5 Displacement: Weimer in 1775; why Goethe stayed; the minister; Grau von Stein; literary difficulties of a statesman. Part 5 Court favourite (1775-1779): confidence and indeterminacy - 1775-1777; works - 1775-1777; tragedy and symbolism - 1777-1780; works - 1777-1780. Part 6 The baron (1780-1786): between society and nature - 1780-1784; works - 1780-1784; 'I thought I was dead' - 1785-1786; works - 1785-1786. Part 7 To Italy at last (1786-1788): the road to Rome; 'quite as much toil as enjoyment' - October 1786 - February 1787; a glimpse of fulfilment - "Iphigenia" and "Forest. Cavern"; uneasy paradise; the gardens of alcinous; in the high school of art - 1787-1788; the great soul - works - 1787-1788. Part 8 The watershed (1788-1790): old and new faces - June-December 1788; Rome in Weimer - December 1788 - May 1789; "I am a different man" - June-December 1789; "Summa Summarum" - the edition completed; farewell to Italy - January-June 1790.
Other Titles: Poetry of desire (1749-1790)


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the best biography of Goethe in English George Steiner, New Yorker

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