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Goethe : A Critical Introduction - Ronald Gray


A Critical Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st June 1967
ISBN: 9780521094047
Number Of Pages: 300

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This is a concise survey and criticism of Goethe's work, for the general reader and the student. It is intended as a useful first book from which the reader can proceed to more specialised studies. Here Goethe's work is seen as a whole, and from the point of view of literary criticism. The first chapter summarises Goethe's life. The other chapter discuss the works, singly and in groups. Much attention is given to the poems; and there are two long chapters on Faust. Werther, Wilhelm Meister, Elective Affinities, and the Divan are given a chapter each; so are the dramatic works, the autobiographical writings, and the scientific work. A refreshing aspect of the book is that while Dr Gray takes account of earlier criticism he also seeks to see Goethe's work entirely afresh, and to reappraise it; by questioning the value of some works, he enhances the valuation of others. Quotation is in German, but English translations are given in footnotes. There is a useful comparative table of biographical dates, which shows what was happening, politically and culturally, in Europe while Goethe lived. There are references at the end of the book, a select bibliography and an index. The book can be used in conjunction with Dr Gray's selection of the poems. The two books together are the best possible introduction to one the greatest European men of letters.

Life and works
1749 to 1786
Poems before 1786
Die Leiden des jungen Werther
Dramatic works
The Turning-point and the Whole
Autobiographies and diaries
Faust Part I
Faust Part II
Wilhelm Meister
1786 to 1832
Poems of the Classical period
Die Wahlverwandtschaften
Der West-+stliche Divan
Poems of his old age
Select Bibliography
Chronological table of Goethe's life and works
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ISBN: 9780521094047
ISBN-10: 0521094046
Series: Major European Authors Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st June 1967
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38