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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 celebration of unfettered emotion or as a mercilessly accurate portrait of a man whose dedication to pure feeling turns him into a monster. In this translation, recognized as the definitive English language version, W.H. Auden collaborated with Elizabeth Mayer and Louise Bogan to capture all of the soaring romanticism and moral ambiguity. It appears here with Novella, Goethe's idyll of a pastoral kingdom where the reverence for life transcends the barriers of class.