Sunday, 11 December 2011

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von “The Sorrows of Young Werther”

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (Die Leiden des jungen Werther) - 1774

This epistolary novel is also slightly autobiographical. Goethe has always been a very important German author. This is probably one of his most famous books very much to the disdain of the author.

Young Werther is a young artist, very sensitive. He corresponds with his friend whom he tells about all his troubles and sufferings, his unrequited love to a girl.

Apparently, the book had a huge influence on the people at the time. But not only contemporary readers were influenced, there are still German and international authors referring to the novel.
Thomas Mann wrote “Lotte in Weimar” where Goethe meets the young girl, Charlotte, Ulrich Plenzdorf, a GDR author, wrote “Die neuen Leiden des jungen W.” (The New Sufferings of Young W.) in 1970 and it is still as actual as it was then.

I also read "Iphigenia in Tauris".

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