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Elective Affinities (Penguin Classics)

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One of the greatest works of the romantic era: a rich exploration of love, conflict, and the inescapable force of fate.

About the Author

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt-on-Main in 1749. He studied at Leipzig, where he showed interest in the occult, and at Strassburg, where Herder introduced him to Shakespeare’s works and to folk poetry. He produced some essays and lyrical verse, and at twenty-two wrote Götz von Berlichingen, a play which brought him national fame and established him in the current Sturm und Drang movement. This was followed by the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther in 1774, which was an even greater success.

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.

R. J. Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche’s books and published two books about him. He has also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for the Penguin Classics. He is Honorary President of the British Nietzsche Society, and was for the Australian academic year 1991 Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Elective Affinities

Part One

Part Two

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140442427
Designed:
Hollingdale, R. J.
Author:
Hollingdale, R. J.
Author:
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Author:
Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Other world literature
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 48L242
Publication Date:
19781031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.78x5.10x.73 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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