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By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Johann Peter Eckermann, J. K. Moorhead, John Oxenford, Havelock Ellis

German poet, dramatist, novelist, translator, scientist, and musician, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) used to be the final common genius of the West and a grasp of worldwide literature, the writer of The Sorrows of younger Werther, Wilhelm Meister, and Faust. Nowhere else can one come across a extra penetrating, many-sided, and private Goethe than within the amazing Conversations (1836) by way of Johann Peter Eckermann (1792–1854), a German writer and student in addition to Goethe's pal, archivist, and editor. even if merely thirty-one while first assembly the seventy-four-year-old literary massive, Eckermann speedy committed himself to supporting Goethe in the course of his final 9 years whereas by no means failing to checklist their far-ranging discourse. listed here are Goethe's techniques on Byron, Carlyle, Delacroix, Hegel, Shakespeare, and Voltaire, in addition to his perspectives on paintings, structure, astronomy, the Bible, chinese language literature, feedback, desires, ethics, freedom, genius, mind's eye, immortality, love, brain over physique, sculpture, and masses extra. Eckermann's Conversations—comparable to Boswell's lifetime of Samuel Johnson—allows Goethe to have interaction the reader in a voice as distinctive because it is entrancing.

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He was very cheerful, and treated with much spirit the theme that the follies of fathers are lost for their children. The investigations which are now being made touching the discovery of salt springs evidently interested him. He inveighed against the stupidity of certain projectors, who totally disregard the outward signs, and the position and order of the strata under which rock-salt lies, and through which the auger must pass, and who, without knowing or seeking to discover the right spot, obstinately continue to work at random at the same shaft and in the same place.

And what a voice! Alternately like thunder, and then soft and mild. Perhaps, in some parts, he displayed too much force for the small room in which we were assembled; but yet there was nothing in his delivery which we could wish otherwise. Goethe afterwards conversed upon literature, and upon his works, also upon Madame de Stael, and kindred subjects. ton? of Euripides. He began this work about a year ago, and has lately resumed it. , Dec. 5. The Count of Gleichen,? by Eberwein. Since Goethe resigned the direction of the theatre, this is the first time, I have been told, that he had had at his house so great an operatic company.

Ttingen, leaving one behind me I dearly loved. Bread study,? as it is called. Bread study,? and devote myself to jurisprudence. My powerful patrons, and all who set their heart on my worldly advancement, while they had no notion of the urgency of my wants, found my plan very rational. All opposition was now at an end. I found everywhere kind advances, and a ready furtherance of my views. To confirm me in such good intentions, they did not fail to allege that the juridical studies were by no means of such a kind as to preclude higher mental advantages.

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