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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Birth
Frankfurt am Main, Stadtkreis Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Death 22 Mar 1832 (aged 82)
Weimar, Stadtkreis Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
Burial Weimar, Stadtkreis Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
Plot the Fürstengruft
Memorial ID 1185 · View Source
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Poet. He was born at Frankfort-on-Main, Germany. His early education was received at home, first under his father, and then with tutors. In 1765 he went to Leipzig to the University. As a result of illness he was sent home, and during his convalescence he read and studied. When, in 1770, after his recovery, he went to Strassburg to study law, he was completely changed. He was greatly influenced by Herder, who showed him the beauty of Shakespeare. Another love-affair went far to inspire him in his first important lyrics, which were to mark a new epoch in German poetry. With this play Shakespeare's art first triumphed on the German stage, and the literary movement known as Sturm und Drang was inaugurated. Goethe received his degree in 1771 and returned to Frankfurt, where he began to practice his profession. Goethe's invitation in 1775 to the court of Duke Karl August at Weimar was a turning point in the literary life of Germany. He became manager of the Court Theater, and interested himself in various other activities, so that for a period of some ten years not much actual writing was done. The writing of Faust the best known of Goethe's works, extended over practically the whole of Goethe's literary life, a period of 57 years. It was finally finished when Goethe was 81. Others of Goethe's works which have stood the test of time include: Clavigo, Egmont, Stella, Iphigenia in Tauris and Torquato Tasso.

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