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Goethe: Life as a Work of Art
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Rudiger Safranski David Dollenmayer
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Goethe: Life as a Work of Art

Rudiger Safranski David Dollenmayer



Biography: literary


688 pages

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Here, Rudiger Safranski sets his sights on the writer considered the Shakespeare of German literature. Goethe (1749-1832) awakened a burgeoning German nation and the European continent with his electrifying novel The Sorrows of Young Werther. Safranski scoured Goethe's oeuvre, relying on primary sources as well as his correspondence with contemporaries and their comments to one another, to produce an illuminating portrait of the avatar of the Romantic era. Set against the cultural and political turmoil of Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Goethe, who intersected with almost every great figure of his age, is thrillingly re-created here. As Safranski shows, Goethe's greatest creation, even in comparison to his masterpiece Faust, was his own life.

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By:   Rudiger Safranski
Translated by:   David Dollenmayer
Imprint:   Liveright
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   700g
ISBN:   9781631494895
ISBN 10:   1631494899
Pages:   688
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rudiger Safranski is a German philosopher and writer, and the author of biographies of Friedrich Schiller, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Martin Heidegger. He lives in Berlin. David Dollenmayer lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and translates German fiction and nonfiction.

Safranski is precise on the philosophical questions that dominated the life of a genius and his illustrious peers but the lessons for the many are outlined in a simple, engaging style... [his] achievement is to stir the most poignant of contrasting emotions. -- The Herald Enthralling...Rudiger Safranski makes the reader fall madly in love with Goethe again. -- Ijoma Mangold - Die Zeit In this expansive biography, Safranski, a philosopher and historian, mixes narrative and commentary with the great poet's own words, from celebrated verse to obscure correspondence. Safranski's strength lies in his ability to blend artistic analysis with swift, sharp renderings of various artists, thinkers, pietists, lovers, and plundering solders who shaped Goethe. His portrait of the prolific genius leaves the reader with lasting awe, even envy. -- The New Yorker ... fresh and authentic-feeling read. -- The Economist Safranski has written an outstanding biography, one that can be enjoyed by both scholars and general readers... he brilliantly captures Goethe's perpetual incipience... Goethe has been lucky, on this occasion, with both his biographer and his translator. -- Literary Review

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