Plays

ebook: Plays

Sprache - Englisch

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 'Plays' is an exquisite collection exemplifying the pinnacle of German literary classicism and Sturm und Drang movement. It is a compilation that showcases Goethe's diverse dramatic oeuvre, including the seminal work 'Faust,' a philosophically-rich dramatic poem, its multifaceted exploration of human striving, and subsequent pieces that encompass comedy, tragedy, and history. 'Iphigenia in Tauris' and 'Egmont', in particular, demonstrate his handling of classical and historical themes with psychological depth, while works such as 'The Natural Daughter' and 'The Fellow Culprits' reflect critical societal observations. This edition is graced by the translation of 'Faustus' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, further enhancing the literary nexus of the period and providing an Anglophone touch to Goethe's Germanic masterpiece. Goethe, an individual synonymous with the German Enlightenment, was a polymath whose various interests in science, art, and literature profoundly shaped the contours of his playwriting. His journeys through Italy and the subsequent influx of classical inspiration, coupled with his grappling with the tumultuous political climates of his time, are directly mirrored in his characters' complex psychologies and the historical verisimilitude of his settings. Considered the supreme genius of modern German literature, Goethe's progressive evolution from 'Sturm und Drang' to Weimar Classicism is encapsulated within these texts. This collection, which testifies to Goethe's literary and intellectual might, should be considered essential reading for scholars, students, and enthusiasts of literature. It is a testament to the enduring nature of Goethe's brilliance and the timeless relevance of his dramatic insights. For those seeking a comprehensive understanding of Goethe's dramatic legacy, or for the theater aficionado inclined towards classical works that have profoundly influenced Western literature, 'Plays' offers a remarkable and enriching experience.


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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) stands as a towering figure in world literature. His literary creations span the breadth of plays, poetry, and prose, and his impact extends beyond literature into the realms of philosophy, science, and the arts. Born in Frankfurt, Goethe was a prolific writer whose work reflected the tenets of the Sturm und Drang movement—a precursor to Romanticism—emphasizing nature, individuality, and emotional expression. His plays, like 'Faust', 'Götz von Berlichingen', and 'Egmont', showcase a mastery of language and deep engagement with the socio-cultural milieu of his time, and they integrate classical themes with revolutionary ideas. 'Faust', perhaps his most enduring work, encapsulates Goethe's literary prowess, weaving together themes of knowledge, ambition, and the metaphysical, while exploring the human condition. Beyond his dramatic works, Goethe's novel 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' influenced the Romantic movement and earned him immediate fame across Europe. His literary style is marked by his versatility and ability to traverse genres. His insights into human nature, combined with a profound understanding of science and the arts, render his oeuvre timeless. Today, Goethe is celebrated not only for his literary genius but also for his contributions to the understanding of German culture and identity in a rapidly modernizing world.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 1021 Pages

Filesize: 1.1 MB

ISBN: 8596547397724

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