The Sorrows of Young Werther (Illustrated)

The Sorrows of Young Werther (Illustrated)

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Charles River Editors

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*Illustrated with dozens of pictures of Goethe, his life, and work
*Includes Table of Contents

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is widely considered the most important German writer, but that would truly belittle the span of his work. In fact, Goethe dabbled in poetry, drama, literature, theology and philosophy on a global stage, taking a great interest in world literature and culture. For that reason, he is a worldy figure, not simply a German one.

Today Goethe is best remembered for his magnum opus, Faust, a two-part drama still considered one of the world’s greatest works. Goethe is also celebrated for many of his poems, including the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and novels like The Sorrows of Young Werther.

The Sorrows of Young Werther practically put Weimar on the map. The semi-autobiographical tale made Goethe an international literary celebrity and is credited with help ushering in the Romantic movement in literature. The novel is written as a series of letters from Werther to a friend, telling of unrequited love that mirrored Goethe’s own love for a young lady named Charlotte Buff. This fact embarrassed Goethe in later years.

This edition of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and dozens of pictures of Goethe, his life and his story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013974418
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 02/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

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The Sorrows Of Young Werther 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wizardcarlos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing book about a platonic love that can't be lived by the force of destiny.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sensitive youth and suffering artist, Werther is one of Goethe's greatest creations. The book is a bit dated but still evokes the power of emotion that captivated young readers when it was first published. This new translation by Burton Pike is excellent.
JohnZelazny More than 1 year ago
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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dustan12 More than 1 year ago
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.