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The sorrows of young Werther

By: Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Constantine, David (freelance author and translator)(Translated by)

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Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
0199583021 / 9780199583027
Stock expected by 22/01/2021
20 cm xxxv, 118 pages
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Translated from the German.

'I have so much and my feeling for her devours everything, I have so much and without her everything is nothing.'The Sorrows of Young Werther propelled Goethe to instant fame when it first appeared in 1774.

Goethe drew on his own unhappy experiences to tell the story of Werther, a young man tormented by his love for Lotte, a tender-hearted girl who is promised to someone else.

Overwhelmed by his feelings, Werther begins to see only one way to escape from his anguish. Goethe's story of a sensitive young artist alienated from society channelled the Romantic sensibility of the day and led to a wave of imitations. Werther's searching introspection and the passionate intensity with which he bares his soul have an immediacy that is all the more powerful for being expressed in letters; charting the course of his emotions, they give added drama to the unfolding account.

David Constantine's new translation captures the novel's lyric clarity, and his introductionand notes illuminate Goethe's achievement.

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