The Sorrows of Young Werther: and Selected Writings

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This classic selection of writings by Goethe reflects the author's philosophy of love and death.

@SourKraut Met a new girl today! Need to avoid being trapped in the friend zone this time.

She is engaged to some dweeb named Albert. What kind of a name is Al?

Truly, I am so sad. I am overcome with despair. I ...

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Overview

This classic selection of writings by Goethe reflects the author's philosophy of love and death.

@SourKraut Met a new girl today! Need to avoid being trapped in the friend zone this time.

She is engaged to some dweeb named Albert. What kind of a name is Al?

Truly, I am so sad. I am overcome with despair. I feel nothing but sorrow.

Have I noted how upset I am? I am very upset. #pain #angst #suffering #sexdep

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451529626
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Signet Classics Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt-on-Main in 1749. He studied at Leipzig, where he showed interest in the occult, and at Strassburg, where Herder introduced him to Shakespeare’s works and to folk poetry. He produced some essays and lyrical verse, and at twenty-two wrote Götz von Berlichingen, a play which brought him national fame and established him in the current Sturm und Drang movement. This was followed by the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther in 1774, which was an even greater success.

Goethe began work on Faust, and Egmont, another tragedy before being invited to join the government of Weimar. His interest in the classical world led him to leave suddenly for Italy in 1786 and the Italian Journey recounts his travels there. Iphigenia in Tauris and Torquato Tasso, classical dramas, were written at this time. Returning to Weimar, Goethe started the second part of Faust, encouraged by Schiller. In 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius. During this late period he finished his series of Wilhelm Master books and wrote many other works, including The Oriental Divan (1819). He also directed the State Theatre and worked on scientific theories in evolutionary botany, anatomy and color. Goethe completed Faust in 1832, just before he died.

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  • Posted April 11, 2015

    Before I was halfway through this book I had already connected w

    Before I was halfway through this book I had already connected with it on a deep level. I didn’t know what was going to happen in the end but I knew Goethe was telling my story and the opposite of my story at the same time. Ten years later I published my first novel, The Sorrows of Young Mike, which is a parody of this great tale. I can only be grateful to Goethe and encourage everyone to read The Sorrows of Young Werther. Also, if you like it enough or even if you hate it — you should check out my parody.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Great Read

    This isn't a book that would've read on my own time. Thankfully I was introduced to it through my world literature class. The story is very interesting and offers a unique look into the mind of someone obsessed with love to the point that it sets the stage for the main character's downfall. Definitely recommended.

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