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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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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Elective Affinities
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Translated by R. J. Hollingdale
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 1978
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044242-7 (0-14-044242-1)

Condemned as immoral when it was first published, this novel reflects the conflict Goethe felt between his respect for the conventions of marriage and the possibility of spontaneous passion.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles...

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Faust
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Bantam Classics | Paperback | July 1988
$5.95/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-553-21348-5 (0-553-21348-2)

Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him... Read more






Faust
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Preface by A. S. Byatt, Translated by David Constantine, Introduction by David Constantine
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2005
$11.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044901-3 (0-14-044901-9)

Goethe’s Faust reworks the late medieval myth of a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract with Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seeks to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last forever. But if... Read more






Faust
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Preface by A. S. Byatt, Translated by David Constantine, Introduction by David Constantine, Noted by David Constantine
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2009
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044902-0 (0-14-044902-7)

In this sequel to Faust, Mephistopheles takes Faust on a journey through ancient Greek mythology, conjuring for him the insurpassably beautiful Helen of Troy, as well as the classical gods. Faust falls in love with and marries Helen, embodying for Goethe his 'imaginative longing to join poetically the Romantic Medievalism of... Read more






Goethe's Faust
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Translated by Walter Kaufmann, Introduction by Walter Kaufmann
Anchor | Trade Paperback | December 1962
$11.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-03114-1 (0-385-03114-9)

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






Italian Journey
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Translated by W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Mayer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 1992
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044233-5 (0-14-044233-2)

Goethe's account of his passage through Italy from 1786 to 1788 is a great travel chronicle as well as a candid self-portrait of a genius in the grip of spiritual crisis.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than... Read more






Maxims and Reflections
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | March 1999
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044720-0 (0-14-044720-2)

Throughout his long, hectic and astonishingly varied life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) would jot down his passing thoughts on theatre programmes, visiting cards, draft manuscripts and even bills … Goethe was probably the last true ‘Renaissance Man’. Although employed as a Privy Councillor at the Duke of Weimar’s court, where... Read more






Selected Poetry
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Translated by David Luke, Introduction by David Luke, Noted by David Luke
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2005
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-042456-0 (0-14-042456-3)

Goethe viewed the writing of poetry as essentially autobiographical, and the works selected in this volume represent more than sixty years in the life of the poet. In early poems such as 'Prometheus,' he rails against religion in an almost ecstatic fervor, while 'To the Moon' is an enigmatic meditation on... Read more






Selected Works
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Translated by Various, Introduction by Nicholas Boyle
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | May 2000
$35.00/39.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41044-4 (0-375-41044-9)

One of the towering figures of world literature, Goethe has never held quite as prominent a place in the English-speaking world as he deserves. This collection of his four major works, together with a selection of his finest letters and poems, shows that he is not only one of the very...

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The Sorrows of Young Werther
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Translated by Burton Pike
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2005
$10.95/15.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6990-0 (0-8129-6990-1)

A major work of German romanticism in a translation that is acknowledged as the definitive English language version. The Vintage Classics edition also includes NOVELLA, Goethe's poetic vision of an idyllic pastoral society. Read more






The Sorrows of Young Werther
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1990
$11.00/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-72951-8 (0-679-72951-8)

A major work of German romanticism in a translation that is acknowledged as the definitive English language version. The Vintage Classics edition also includes NOVELLA, Goethe's poetic vision of an idyllic pastoral society. Read more






The Sorrows of Young Werther
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Translated by Michael Hulse, Introduction by Michael Hulse, Noted by Michael Hulse
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 1989
$10.95/12.95(Canada) | 978-0-14-044503-9 (0-14-044503-X)

"Be on your guard … and take care not to fall in love!"

Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive and romantic young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Lotte. Although he realizes that Lotte is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion for her and... Read more






The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings
Written by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe and Marcelle Clements, Afterword by Elisabeth Krimmer, Translated by Catherine Hutter
Signet | Paperback | March 2013
$7.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-41855-5 (0-451-41855-7)

The Sorrows of Young Werther brings to life an idyllic German village where a youth on vacation meets and falls for lovely Charlotte. The tragedy unfolds in the letters Werther writes to his friend about Charlotte’s charms, even after he realizes his love will remain unrequited. “Reflections on Werther” and “Goethe... Read more





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