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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 global literature, the writer of The Sorrows of younger Werther, Wilhelm Meister, and Faust. Nowhere else can one come upon a extra penetrating, many-sided, and private Goethe than within the notable Conversations (1836) via Johann Peter Eckermann (1792–1854), a German writer and pupil in addition to Goethe's buddy, archivist, and editor. even though in simple terms thirty-one whilst first assembly the seventy-four-year-old literary significant, Eckermann speedy committed himself to helping 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 concepts 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 interact the reader in a voice as detailed because it is entrancing.

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5. An evening party at Goethe's. Amongst the assembled guests was the artist Kolbe. a copy of Titian's Venus, from the Dresden Gallery. This evening, I also found with Goethe, Herr von Eschwege, and the celebrated Hummel. Hummel improvised for nearly an hour upon the piano, with a force and a talent of which it is impossible to form a conception unless one has heard him. I found his conversation simple and natural, and himself, for a virtuoso of such celebrity, surprisingly modest. , Dec. 3. At an evening party at Goethe's.

Trans. [4] Contributions to Poetry. [5] Art and Antiquity. , Sept. 21. This evening at Goethe's, with Counsellor (Hofrath) Meyer. The conversation turned principally upon mineralogy, chemistry, and natural science (physik). The phenomena of the polarization of light appeared to interest him particularly. He showed me various preparations, chiefly after his own designs, and expressed a wish to make some experiments with me. In the course of our conversation, Goethe became more and more free and communicative.

Ttingen and the Werrathal, to Weimar. During this journey, which the heat of the weather often made fatiguing, I frequently felt within me the consolatory belief that I was under the especial guidance of kindly powers, and that this journey would be of great importance to my success in life. Trans. Trans. Trans. [4] Contributions to Poetry. [5] Art and Antiquity. , Sept. 21. This evening at Goethe's, with Counsellor (Hofrath) Meyer. The conversation turned principally upon mineralogy, chemistry, and natural science (physik).

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