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The Essential Goethe

by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Matthew Bell

The Essential Goethe is the most comprehensive and representative one-volume collection of Goethe's writings ever published in English. It provides English-language readers easier access than ever before to the widest range of work by one of the greatest writers in world history. Goethe's work as playwright, poet, novelist, and autobiographer is fully represented. In addition to the works for which he is most famous, including Faust Part I and the lyric poems, the volume features important literary works that are rarely published in English--including the dramas Egmont, Iphigenia in Tauris, and Torquato Tasso and the bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, a foundational work in the history of the novel. The volume also offers a selection of Goethe's essays on the arts, philosophy, and science, which give access to the thought of a polymath unrivalled in the modern world. Primarily drawn from Princeton's authoritative twelve-volume Goethe edition, the translations are highly readable and reliable modern versions by scholars of Goethe. The volume also features an extensive introduction to Goethe's life and works by volume editor Matthew Bell. Includes:Selected poemsFour complete dramas: Faust Part I, Egmont, Iphigenia in Tauris, and Torquato TassoThe complete novel Wilhelm Meister's ApprenticeshipA selection from the travel journal Italian JourneySelected essays on art and literatureSelected essays on philosophy and scienceAn extensive introduction to Goethe's life and worksA chronology of Goethe's life and timesA note on the texts and translations

Fausto

by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Originalmente publicado en 1970 como Fausto, un fragmento, nada en la literatura alemana igualaba la extraña concepción y el poder concentrado de este drama. En su convicción de que ningún sistema filosófico puede aportar justicia al mundo, que la experiencia humana es irreducible a ninguna serie de conceptos y que la literatura puede reflejar ampliamente la ambigüedad de la vida, Goethe invita con esta obra a una comparación con los grandes filósofos como Nietzche o Kafka. Fausto se convirtió en una obsesión para Goethe, estuvo trabajando en esta obra por más de 60 años, terminándola apenas unos meses antes de morir. Goethe plantea un Mefistófeles cuyo carácter demoníaco reside exclusivamente en la no aceptación del dogma de lo establecido. Es una criatura que reflexiona en base a lo que observa, lo que le convierte en un maestro de lo que podríamos denominar "filosofía natural". Es una obra compleja y muy rica que soporta distintos acercamientos y esto se ha probado, ya que de esta historia han salido óperas, obras teatrales, comedias musicales y distintos experimentos teatrales modernos.

The Sorrows Of Young Werther

by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Catherine Hotter Hermann J. Weigand

The original bildungsroman, "The Sorrows Of Young Werther" tells of the trials and tribulations of an unfortunate man.

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