Brief Lives: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Brief Lives: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

by Andrew Piper


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ISBN-13: 9781843919100
Publisher: Hesperus Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: Brief LivesSeries Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Andrew Piper previously translated Goethe's The Man of Fifty.

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Brief Lives: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wendyrey on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A short biography of just over a hundred pages, published by Hesperus, of one of the most important figures in European literature. It follows his long life from his birth in Frankfurt am Main in 1740 to his death in1832, and sets his major writtings in their time and place. Interesting and informative although I would have welcomed a further reading section..Well worth reading.
thewordygecko on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Another short introduction to an important writer, philosopher, scientist¿an extraordinary polymath who was also human in his everyday dealings with other people and his fear of death. Andrew Piper is careful to highlight the great historical moments and movements that occurred during Goethe's lifetime, including the French Revolution. Interestingly, Goethe was not a political man; that is, he didn't seem to take much interest in the sociopolitical world around him, being much more involved with literature, the arts, and science and philosophical questions. He was also interested in women, it seems, from the author's detailing of the various ladies Goethe fell in love with over his long life. I didn't feel this was as well-written a 'Brief Life' as the other two I have read, and could have benefited from a bibliography of Goethe's works at the end, as well as references. Thanks to Hesperus Press once again for publishing its Brief Lives series, and providing these books for review!
J_ipsen on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I got this book from the Hesperus Press via the Librarything Earl Reviewers Program, First I was skeptical about it being a) a biography and b) about an author whose works I have been tortured with during high-school in Germany ( I just say "Die Leiden des jungen Werther"). After reading the first 15 pages or so I was pleasantly surprised about easily it reads. The author finds good balance between keeping the reader interested and not going too much into detail.This book is of course not meant for a serious researcher but rather the casual reader who wants some background before (or after) reading Faust or Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship.
Larxol on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This short (105 pages) biography of Goethe is part of the Brief Lives series of books on authors from Austen to Zola commissioned and published by Hesperus Press. This is a very readable introduction to Goethe both as a man and a writer. It fills the gap between the bare facts and sterilized treatment of Wikepedia and the 1000-page authoritative door-stoppers loaded with footnotes and academic apparatus. The author, Andrew Piper, from McGill University, makes sure the reader gets enough of the 18th-Century milieu to understand how Goethe contributed to the modern way of looking at the world. And even in such a brief introduction, there is no assumption of prior familiarity with Goethe¿s works. Piper gives enough context from those works he cites to make his points. This biography is meant to be an introduction to the subject, and by sticking closely to its objectives, it does a fine job.
antiquary on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The is a brief but very lively account of Goethe's life and work, chiefly life. I read it in one afternoon and enjoyed it. It has a nice sprinkling of colorful details but avoids excessive speculation on his private life --when it is not known just how physical a relationship was, Piper leaves it at that, which considering someone once said that schoolboys learned his l(Goethe's) loves like Jove's, displays a very prudent restraint. Piper is not afraid to say flatly some of Goethe's work is the best in German, but unfortunately the translations do not do it justice --the only flaw in a very agreeable little book.