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Book Title: Atlas Pocket Classics: Italy: Italian Journey/Rome, Naples & Florence/Italian Hours|
The author of the book: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.65 MB
Edition: Atlas & Co.
Date of issue: November 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781934633045
Read full description of the books Atlas Pocket Classics: Italy: Italian Journey/Rome, Naples & Florence/Italian Hours:An elegant box set of travel classics about Italy, with an introduction from the celebrated author of Out of Egypt and Call Me by Your Name,
In this second volume of the Atlas Pocket Classics series, Andre Aciman introduces three masterpieces of travel writing about Italy. W. H. Auden and Elizabeth Mayer's definitive translation of Goethe's Italian Journey (1786-88) is based on letters written during his travels. Goethe revels in descriptions of the people, landscape, and art of Italy, chronicling his enthusiasms and disappointments with an unrivalled romantic sensibility. For Stendhal, it is conversations and encounters that make Italy his in Rome, Naples, and Florence (1817)--living characters demand his attention more than relics, ruins, museums, and galleries. And Henry James's Italian Hours (1909) is a critical yet enthusiastic portrait of the country; he rhapsodizes about its history and culture while regretfully marking the disappearance of the past as Europe enters the twentieth century.
Read information about the authorJohann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer. George Eliot called him "Germany's greatest man of letters... and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe's other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.
Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of Weimar Classicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sentimentality (Empfindsamkeit), Sturm und Drang, and Romanticism. The author of the scientific text Theory of Colours, he influenced Darwin with his focus on plant morphology. He also long served as the Privy Councilor ("Geheimrat") of the duchy of Weimar.
Goethe is the originator of the concept of Weltliteratur ("world literature"), having taken great interest in the literatures of England, France, Italy, classical Greece, Persia, Arabic literature, amongst others. His influence on German philosophy is virtually immeasurable, having major impact especially on the generation of Hegel and Schelling, although Goethe himself expressly and decidedly refrained from practicing philosophy in the rarefied sense.
Goethe's influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a major source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry and philosophy. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture as well. Early in his career, however, he wondered whether painting might not be his true vocation; late in his life, he expressed the expectation that he would ultimately be remembered above all for his work in optics.
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