Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Goethe's masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Peter Hebel, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Friedo Lampe, Arthur Schnitzler & Thomas Mann German short stories began in the late 18th century as brief, beautifully written moral fables. In the following century, style evolved toward realism in parallel with that of other European literature. From the lofty idealism of Goethe to the searing verisimilitude of Mann, German writers of all styles have left us some of the most arresting profiles of the human condition ever conceived. Roiled by gigantic undercurrents of history and blessed with a multiplicity of great poets, thinkers, and artists, the German speaking lands have provided extraordinarily rich soil for literature.
Selections in Volume I:
The Attorney by Goethe A beautiful young girl discovers an inner awareness during her husband's lengthy absence.
The Sport of Destiny by Friedrich Schiller A young man comes into the possession of power and its insidious influence.
The Hussar, Kannitverstan, Unexpected Reunion by Johann Peter Hebel Three timeless fables that explore the spiritual dimension of mankind with gentle humor, wry drama, and poignant love.
Bassompierre by Hugo von Hofmannsthal In 16th century Paris, a dashing French soldier pursues a romantic affair in a time of plague.
The Bachelor by Arthur Schnitzler At the death bed of their comrade, three friends find a disconcerting letter that reveals intimate details about their wives.
Little Herr Friedemann by Thomas Mann This tale of unrequited love and cruel rejection ranks among the world's great masterpieces of psychological pathos.
The Enchanted Cabinet by Friedo Lampe A whimsical romp through a German seaside resort complete with burglar, magician, detective, damsel in distress, and hero.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther is a loosely based autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It was first published in 1774 and is one of the most famous - and infamous - works in the history of literature.
Werther, a sensitive young man, falls in love with Lotte, a sweet-natured girl he meets while visitng an idyllic German village. Although Lotte is betrothed to Albert, Werther���s infatuation with her torments him to the point of despair and suicide.
The book, consisting almost entirely of letters written by Werther to his friend Wilhelm, was an immediate success and developed a large cult following, resulting in copycat suicides. Based on Goethe’s unrequited love for Charlotte Buff, it is the first great “confessional” novel and turned Goethe into one of the first international literary celebrities.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther was Goethe's first major success, turning him from an unknown into a celebrated author practically overnight. Napoleon Bonaparte considered it one of the great works of European literature. He thought so highly of it that he wrote a soliloquy in Goethe's style in his youth and carried Werther with him on his campaigning to Egypt. It also started the phenomenon known as the "Werther-Fieber" ("Werther Fever") which caused young men throughout Europe to dress in the clothing style described for Werther in the novel.
Werther made Goethe one of the first international literary celebrities. Towards the end of his life, a personal visit to Weimar became crucial to any young man's tour of Europe. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and influenced the later Romantic literary movement.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust's emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe's life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, is a poem, translated by Bayard Taylor, which tells the beautiful and emotional story of a man who has seen and done it all. However, despite all of his learning and education, his life still feels empty and unaccomplished. He believes wholeheartedly that there is something else out there. Faust, having exhausted all other fields of study, turns to magic for fulfillment. He summons the devil and makes a pact - that if the devil can show him something rewarding and fulfilling, he will give the devil his soul. This recording includes part I of the poem, where it concludes with Faust trying to fulfill his need for love through a woman named Gretchen, but things end up taking a tragic turn.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Dicen que el amor imposible de Werther, que narra la obra, creo una impresionante ola de suicidios entre jovenes impresionables de la epoca. La verdad es que esta conmovedora obra, desde su publicacion se coloco en un pedestal del que no ha descendido.
Charles Dickens, Montesquieu & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Tutta un altra Italia. Dimenticate le agiografie e le spettacolari descrizioni delle opere d arte, dissolto il velo della mitologia del Grand Tour, ecco che emergono aspetti contrastanti, cupi, grotteschi e contraddittori del viaggio nel "Bel Paese". Questa breve antologia è destinata a chi vuole ascoltare degli Italiani, senza per forza sospirare di fronte a siti e monumenti ineguagliabili; è l ideale risposta alle nostre perplessità sulla percezione dell'Italia all estero nel corso dei secoli.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Werther, a sensitive young artist, finds himself in Wahlheim, a quiet, attractive village in Germany where he seeks solace from the turmoils of love. It is a young spring, and he hopes that arcadian solitude will prove a genial balm to his mind. But his romantic tendency rules otherwise, and he falls in love with Charlotte - Lotte - even though he knows she is affianced to another.
In a series of letters to his friend, Wilhelm, he charts the course of his love, which rises to passion and obsession and, ultimately, tragedy.
The Sorrows of Young Werther is the iconic love story which helped to usher in the Romantic age. Partially autobiographical, von Goethe, aged just 24, wrote it in just six weeks, and when it appeared in 1774 it immediately established his reputation. Told through the protagonist's eyes, it is the gradual rise of Werther's strong feelings checked by attempts at restraint and complicated by a friendship with Lotte's husband that keeps the listener on edge - especially when read with sympathy, as here, by Leighton Pugh.
Translated by R. D. Boylan; revised by Leighton Pugh.