Johann Wolfgang Goethe: Dalla mia vita: poesia e verità

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Johann Wolfgang Goethe: From my life: poetry and truth

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[Autom. eng. transl.] In his long life, Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) experienced great historical upheavals in the first person, saw the succession of different eras, so much so that, after the age of eighty, he was able to say that he had now "become history in itself" . With an ironic gaze, the now elderly 'prince of poets' tells his story: he retraces his childhood in Frankfurt, the difficult relationship with his father, the turbulent years of study and all his youth up to the age of twenty-six when he suddenly decided not without twists, to travel to Weimar. Poetry and Truth, the most fascinating and grandiose autobiographical tale of German literature, published in four parts from 1811 to 1833, takes the reader through crucial phases of German literature, from Klopstock to the formidable constellation of poets, critics, writers that gathers around the young Goethe in the 'brilliant' period of Strasbourg, where many of the themes that will accompany him throughout his life emerge. Together with Sturm und Drang his literary vocation matures, crowned by the first successful works, Götz von Berlichingen and Werther: a "great confession" in which truth and poetry, reality and literature are confused, giving us a fresh and incisive image of the greatest among the German poets. The translation is based on the 40-volume edition of Johann Wolfgang Goethe's works, published from 1986 to 2013 at the Deutscher Klassiker Verlag (Frankfurter Ausgabe, vol. XIV, edited by Klaus-Detlef Müller); it is the largest and most complete edition of Goethe of the twentieth century.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Johann Wolfgang Goethe: From my life: poetry and truth
Original languageItalian
Number of pages2112
ISBN (Print)9788830104105
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Goethe
  • autobiografia
  • autobiography
  • traduzione
  • translation


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