4 edition of Goethe: The Poet and the Age: Volume I found in the catalog.
|Statement||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Publishers||Oxford University Press, USA|
|LC Classifications||December 3, 1992|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 89 p. :|
|Number of Pages||52|
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Boyle's record of the first forty years of Goethe's life is minutely detailed, but also establishes a firmly structured profile of his work and his creative personality in a dense but lucid account of the poet's personal and public relations. Werther became a fashion in a strikingly contemporary sense: impassioned readers imitated the clothing, the sentiments, and even the tragic suicide of the novel's young hero.
This is virtually a day to day account from birth to age 40, multidimensionally presented as Boyle meticulously places Goethe in the total context of his environment and provides us with the background to judge the development of the young Goethe as both artist and man. Wells who compared the late novels of Henry James to an elephant trying to pick up a pea.
Boyle provides not only close and provocative readings of Goethe's literary works, but also a vivid portrayal of a convulsive age of revolution, including insights into Weimar court life, and accounts of other master thinkers like Lessing and Schiller. Werther became a fashion in a strikingly contemporary sense: impassioned readers imitated the clothing, the sentiments, and even the tragic suicide of the novel's young hero.
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The first chapter was excellent, but then I got bogged down in the next chapter due to deep discussion of literary theory and religious arguments. Best Sellers Rank: 2,273,486 in Books• Boyle also provides an exhaustive account in breadth and depth of the Age in which and, more often than not, against which Goethe's genius asserted itself. This is an enjoyableerudite book for which the scholars and students whom he addresses will be grateful.
Boyle's Goethe supasses just about anything available--including what one can find in German i. The first forty years of Goethe's creative life, rendered by Boyle in captivating detail, saw the early conception of Faust, and Goethe's rise to literary fame on the heels of his bestselling sentimental novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, a book which captured the European imagination like no other before it.
This 3-volume biography is clearly not for those who only enjoy drive-through fast-food restaurants, but for those who enjoy long drawn out multi-course banquets. in this volume Boyle has not only laid a sound foundation for the understanding of Goethe's prodigious output in the second half of his life; he has provided an immensely informative overview of the intellectual and cultural context of Goethe's early career and a readable and authoritative account of his personal and literary development up to and including the Italian Journey.
Oxford University Press, USA, 1997.
In 1880 Nietzsche observed that Goethe had been "not just a good and great man, but an entire culture.
Having said all this, I use Boyle's book extensively as a resource and it's a fantastic achievement.