Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832

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Birth 1749-08-28
Death 1832-03-22
Russian, English, German

Biographical notes:

German poet.

From the description of Autograph quatrain signed : Weimar, 1827. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269592436

From the description of Autograph quatrain signed : W[eimar], May 1826. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269592430

German author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Wiesbaden, to an unidentified recipient, 1814 Aug. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269587339

In German.

From the description of Trilogie der Leidenschaft : Elegie : manuscript, 1948. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 612357220

Goethe, with Voigt, a fellow member of the Privy Council, took over the direction of the ducal libraries in Weimar and Jena, December, 1797. cf. Goethes Briefe. (Hamburg, C. Wegner, 1964) v. 2, p. 608, note 334, 6.

From the description of Letter, 1798 Nov. 11, Weimar, to [J.C.F.] Spilker [Weimar]. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34370397

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural scientist. He is often ranked with Shakespeare and Dante as one of the three most important poets in history. Goethe gained early fame with THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER (1774), but his most famous work is FAUST, a poetic drama in two parts.

From the description of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe collection, 1796-1949. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 66529635

A dominant influence on the development of German literature, Goethe is best known as the author of the verse drama FAUST.

From the description of Benno Elkan collection of Goethe, 1775-1832. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 122561754


From the description of Papers of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1786-1813. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453638

As part of a 1789 agreement by which Herder remained in Weimar as Vice President of Consistory, Goethe had procured from Duke Karl August a grant for the education of Herder's sons. In response to a later ill-timed demand by the Herders in this matter, Goethe arranged a compromise by which 600 thalers were to be paid early in 1796 and a like sum at Easter, in addition to regular contributions.

The negotiations for settlement resulted in a rift in Goethe's friendship with the Herders; and Knebel acted as their intermediary. cf. H. Düntzer. Life of Goethe. (London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1908) Appendix, notes 39, 42.

From the description of Letter, 1796 Jan. 3 [Wiemar] to [K.L. von Knebel, Weimar]. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34370395


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  • Dramatists, German--19th century
  • Dramatists, German--18th century
  • German poetry--19th century
  • Poets, German--19th century--Manuscripts
  • Prompt-book
  • Poets, German--18th century
  • Poets, German--19th century
  • German drama--18th century--Translations into English


  • Poets
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