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About the Author
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.
W.H. Auden was born in 1907 and went to Oxford University, where he became Professor of Poetry from 1956 to 1960. After the publication of his Poems in 1930, he became the acknowledged leader of the 'thirties poets'. His poetic output was prolific, and he also wrote verse plays in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood, with whom he visited china. In 1946 he became a U.S. citizen. He died in 1973.
Elizabeth Mayer was born in Mecklengurg in 1884 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1936. In collaboration with Louise Blogan she translated Werther and Elective Affinities
Table of ContentsItalian Journey - Goethe Translated by W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Mayer
Introduction by W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Mayer
From Carlsbad to the Brenner, September 1786
From the Brenner to Verona, September 1786
From Verona to Venice, September 1786
Venice, October 1786
From Ferrara to Rome, October 1786
Rome, First Roman Visit, October 1786-February 1787
Naples, February-March 1787
Sicily, March-May 1787
Naples, May-June 1787
Rome, Second Roman Visit, June 1787-April 1788
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First, I have to say that the other students in my class seemed quite enthused about this book, and it did generate lots of fairly interesting discussion. There were some really well-written, though-provoking bits.But I disliked the absence of a story¿this is, for the most part, just a series of events of his time in Italy made up of letters, diary entries and memories. There are moments of splendid finesse, but over all, I found it rather a bore and was quite annoyed with Goethe by the end. Reading this was like listening to some pompous distant relative go on and on about himself. So I had to laugh when the next writer I had to read, the grouchy historian and fellow-German Barthold George Niebuhr, dissed Goethe¿s musings on Rome. Writing 30 years later, he says that Goethe wrote ¿in a fit of intoxication,¿ and he was ¿doubtless infected by the spirit of his age.¿ He goes on to say that Goethe ¿has no inward, native insight¿ and writes ¿with an air of patronizing superiority.¿ Never mind that Niebuhr writes with an air of patronizing superiority himself. It just felt good to know that I wasn¿t the only one to find Goethe¿s Italian Journey to be a snooze-fest.That said, it was an unintimidating read, and I look forward to reading other works by Goethe as long as I¿m assured that they have a narrative.Recommended for: Readers who are interested in first-hand accounts of the Grand Tour.
Some wonderful perspectives, by a "Northern" author who is both fascinated and -- at times -- alienated from the romantic atmosphere of Italy. The latter leads to a few dull patches, where he just isn't gettng the place or the people. But at other times he recounts some simply wonderful anecdotes. Not to be missed are the reason the young aristocratic woman took him upstairs during a party in Naples (not what you think -- even as you are reading up to it), or the coachman's protest when Goethe and a fellow German admonished him to stop all that distracting singing. If you love Italy, you will probably enjoy this.
This book give a great description of the "Grand Tour" that was a staple of the educated class. Travel to Roma before the advent of tourism and chain hotels, where having dinner with the Pope in not the high point of the trip.
A classic - but when oh when will this be available on a nook?