Johann Wolfgang von Goethe World Literature Analysis - Essay

Johann Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Goethe is recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile European writers and thinkers of modern times. He profoundly influenced the growth of German Romanticism. His first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, was one of the literary sensations of the eighteenth century. A psychological unfolding in letter form, it brings new focus to the epistolary novel. With Elective Affinities, Goethe created a new type of fiction. Instead of concentrating on one individual character, Goethe builds this novel around social concerns, the complications of human relationships, and divorce.

Many of Goethe’s works are autobiographical. The tone of the first volume of his autobiography sets a new standard for...

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