Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Trained as a lawyer, Geothe became one of the most important writers in world (not just German) literature. Goethe was an Enlightenment thinker who almost single-handedly set off the Romantic movement with his 1774 novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). Later, he published two other masterworks of fiction:  Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (1795-6) and the two-part drama  Faust (1808-1832). Goethe was a polymath, who made important contributions to natural science with his Theory of Colours (1810) and his Metamorphosis of Plants (1790).

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