Goethe, Volume 9: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

Goethe, Volume 9: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Eric A. Blackall
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Goethe, Volume 9: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691043449
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/03/1995
Series: Goethe
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 1,289,062
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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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.