Questions tagged [johann-wolfgang-von-goethe]

Questions about the German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) and his works. He achieved early fame with his epistolary novel 'Die Leiden des jungen Werthers' ('The Sorrows of Young Werther', 1774); other works include the Bildungsroman 'Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre' (1795/96), the play 'Faust' (part one, 1808; part two, 1832) and the collection of poems 'West-östlicher Divan' (1819, 1827).

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Which literature work took the longest time in its author's life (finished or not)

As far as I know Goethe has that title with Faust (this site tells that it spanned 57 years). So, is it the record; or are there any other works took longer? Unfinished works are also considered to ...
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Is this quote by Goethe, and what is the source?

Is this a real quote? Few people have the imagination for reality I have seen it attributed to Goethe in 1815, but I cannot find the source..
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Where does Goethe refer to “from the deepest mountain valley to the highest mountain top”?

I'm not sure about the precise wording of the sentence, neither in english or german. But the quote is often used when referring to a mans life or career that has gone from the lowest low (e.g. ...
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What was Fausts purpose?

It seems like at the end of Faust II, he has realized what he should do. Shortly before that, he kills humans on his quest to help humanity. So what exactly is his new purpose, except that he has ...
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Does this quote belong to Goethe?

This quote is often attributed to Goethe. Did he actually write this? If yes, then where can we find it? It would be wonderful if there is a reliable source or a book so that I can quote it in my ...
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What's the significance of Faust's meeting being on Easter Day?

In Goethe's Faust, the eponymous (anti?)hero meets the demon Mephistopheles on what seems to be Easter Sunday, during local celebrations of Easter. Given the religious themes in the story, this surely ...