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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Before he was thirty, Goethe had proven himself a master of the novel, the drama, and lyric poetry. But even more impressive than his versatility was his unwillingness ever to settle into a single style or approach; whenever he used a literary form, he made of it something new.

Born in 1749 to a well-to-do family in Frankfurt, he was sent to Strasbourg to earn a law degree. There, he met the poet-philosopher Herder, discovered Shakespeare, and began to write poetry. His play Götz von Berlichingen (1773) made him famous throughout Germany. He was invited to the court of the duke of... Read More

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Faust

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: July 1, 1988
Price: $5.95

In this translation, in rhymed verse, Goethe's Faust is a profoundly moving masterpiece. Goethe dramatizes the ceaseless striving of modern man to solve the mysteries of energy, pleasure and the creation of life. Translated with an introduction and notes by Peter Salm. With German text on facing pages. Read more >
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Faust

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 26, 2011
Price: $1.99

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Goethe's Faust

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by Walter Kaufmann
Introduction by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 4, 1962
Price: $11.95

The best translation of Faust available, this volume provides the original German text and its English counterpart on facing pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic beauty and rhythm as well as the complex depth of Goethe's language. Includes Part One and selections from Part Two. Read more >

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Selected Works

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Format: Hardcover, 1248 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $35.00

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by Burton Pike


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 17, 2004
Price: $8.99

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by Burton Pike


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 28, 2011
Price: $7.99

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The Sorrows of Young Werther

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Translated by Burton Pike


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $10.95

A Major New Translation

For more than two centuries the very title of this book has evoked the sensitivity of youth, the suffering of the artist, the idea of a hero too full of love to live. When it was first published in Germany, in 1774, The Sorrows of Young Werther created... Read more >
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The Sorrows of Young Werther

Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $11.00

The Sorrows of the Young, first published in 1774, inspired a mass cult of feelings (and reputedly a few suicides) and made its author one of the first literary celebrities. Goethe's story of a tormented young man whose fixation on an inaccessible woman culminates in tragedy may be read as a... Read more >
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