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Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies : Goethe the Alchemist: A Study of Alchemical Symbolism in Goethe's Literary and Scientific Works - Ronald Douglas Gray

Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

Goethe the Alchemist: A Study of Alchemical Symbolism in Goethe's Literary and Scientific Works

Paperback Published: 17th June 2010
ISBN: 9781108015288
Number Of Pages: 332

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In his autobiography, Goethe half-apologetically admits the youthful enthusiasm he experienced for alchemical and mystical readings: Georg von Welling's obscure Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum and the anonymously published Aurea Catena Homeri, as well as works by Paracelsus, Basilis Valentinus and van Helmont. Originally published in 1952, this study shows how the symbols and concepts of alchemy played a key role in the genesis of Goethe's later works, both scientific and literary. Author of, among other books on German literature, Goethe: A Critical Introduction (1967) and An Introduction to German Poetry (1965), Ronald D. Gray details Goethe's alchemical readings, and shows how these influences were processed and transformed into a unique blend of scientific and poetic accounts of reality. Unprecedented in its approach, this study will be of interest to readers of German literature, as well as to anyone interested in the history and evolution of mysticism.

Preface
Alchemy
Alchemy
Jacob Boehme and alchemy
From alchemy to science
Science
The metamorphosis of plants
The theory of colours
Anatomy, geology and meteorology
Life and Literature
The Mñrchen
Centre and circle
Homunculus
Male and female
Conclusion
References
Books and articles consulted
Index
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ISBN: 9781108015288
ISBN-10: 110801528X
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 17th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42