Goethe, Volume 9: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

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Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, a novel of self-realization greatly admired by the Romantics, has been called the first Bildungsroman and has had a tremendous influence on the history of the German novel. The story centers on Wilhelm, a young man living in the mid-1700s who strives to break free from the restrictive world of economics and seeks fulfillment as an actor and playwright. Along with Eric Blackall's fresh translation of the work, this edition contains notes and an afterword by the translator that aims to put this novel into historical and artistic perspective for twentieth-century readers while showing how it defies categorization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691043449
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/1995
  • Series: Goethe
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 581,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One 1
Chapter Two 2
Chapter Three 4
Chapter Four 6
Chapter Five 7
Chapter Six 9
Chapter Seven I I
Chapter Eight 13
Chapter Nine 15
Chapter Ten 17
Chapter Eleven 20
Chapter Twelve 22
Chapter Thirteen 23
Chapter Fourteen 27
Chapter Fifteen 30
Chapter Sixteen 34
Chapter Seventeen 36
Chapter One 41
Chapter Two 42
Chapter Three 47
Chapter Four 49
Chapter Five 59
Chapter Six 60
Chapter Seven 61
Chapter Eight 64
Chapter Nine 65
Chapter Ten 69
Chapter Eleven 71
Chapter Twelve 75
Chapter Thirteen 7 7
Chapter Fourteen 79
Chapter One 83
Chapter Two 87
Chapter Three 90
Chapter Four
Chapter Five 95
Chapter Six 96
Chapter Seven 99
Chapter Eight 101
Chapter Nine 105
Chapter Ten 109
Chapter Eleven 112
Chapter Twelve 115
Chapter One 119
Chapter Two 123
Chapter Three 127
Chapter Four 129
Chapter Five 131
Chapter Six 133
Chapter Seven 135
Chapter Eight 136
Chapter Nine 138
Chapter Ten 140
Chapter Eleven 141
Chapter Twelve 143
Chapter Thirteen 144
Chapter Fourteen 146
Chapter Fifteen 148
Chapter Sixteen 152
Chapter Seventeen 158
Chapter Eighteen 160
Chapter Nineteen 163
Chapter Twenty 166
Chapter One 169
Chapter Two 171
Chapter Three 174
Chapter Four 176
Chapter Five 179
Chapter Six 182
Chapter Seven 185
Chapter Eight 187
Chapter Nine 189
Chapter Ten 190
Chapter Eleven 194
Chapter Twelve 196
Chapter Thirteen 198
Chapter Fourteen 202
Chapter Fifteen 203
Chapter Sixteen 206
Chapter One 257
Chapter Two 261
Chapter Three 263
Chapter Four 266
Chapter Five 270
Chapter Six 273
Chapter Seven 284
Chapter Eight 288
Chapter Nine 301
Chapter One 305
Chapter Two 310
Chapter Three 316
Chapter Four 324
Chapter Five 330
Chapter Six 340
Chapter Seven 345
Chapter Eight 352
Chapter Nine 354
Chapter Ten 363
Notes 375
Afterword 381

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    Greatest Coming of Age Novel ever Written

    This book is perhaps the most beautifully written novel about growing up and having to make choices. The work uses Shakespeare's Hamlet as a foil for the drama involving a young man's journey across rural Germany with a theatre troupe. While basing some of its themes on Hamlet, the work also revolves around performing the play itself. However, unlike the play, this novel delves much deeper into the fantastical, ambiguous and existential aspects of human life, and does so with a truly awe-inspiring combination of poems, visual imagery and intense prose dialogue. Only a man as incredible gifted and well versed in both the physical sciences and the humanities could have produced a work of such comprehensive scope. The novel can be enjoyed on many levels, but once started, it can never be forgotten. It is a genuine shame Goethe's work never made many inroads into American literary society, for this book offers greater intellectual and sentimental sustenance than the usually prescribed list of bildungromans such as Catcher in the Rye or Huckleberry Finn - as good as those works are. The world Goethe paints in this work is the same spiritual world faced by any bright, eager young person confronting the choices that together make us human. It's an incredible book.

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