Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


In 1830, Goethe’s dissipated son August, who had caused his father much disappointment and care, died in Rome. When the news was brought to Goethe, he said “I was not unaware that I had begotten a mortal.”


There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”


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Biographical Note: 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, novelist, playwright, and scholar. With his friend , Goethe was the leading spirit in the Sturm und Drang period of German literature. His autobiographical novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), was acclaimed all over Europe. In 1775 he settled at the court of Weimar and turned this small German town into a major cultural center. He wrote a number of plays and translated works in other European languages into German, but his greatest fame rests on his poetic drama Faust (1808, 1832) and his Wilhelm Meister novels (1795-96, 1829), which explore in their different ways the pilgrimage of the human soul. He also made contributions to botany and comparative anatomy.