The Sorrows of Young Werther

The Sorrows of Young Werther

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This is Goethe's first novel, published in 1774. Written in diary form, it tells the tale of an unhappy, passionate young man hopelessly in love with Charlotte, the wife of a friend - a man who he alternately admires and detests. 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' became an important part of the 'Sturm und Drang movement, and greatly influenced later 'Romanticism'. The work is semi-autobiographical - in 1772, two years before the novel was published, Goethe had passed through a similar tempestuous period, when he lost his heart to Charlotte Buff, who was at that time engaged to his friend Johann Christian Kestner.

Title:The Sorrows of Young Werther
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780812969900
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    The Sorrows of Young Werther Reviews

  • Hans

    This is a dangerous book. For anyone who has suffered from that unrequited love that burns like a fever will be able to relate uncannily well with this book. Unfortunately the ending is such that it i...

  • Emily May

    “I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all; I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing.” A lot of classic novels contain certain things that make us cringe a lit...

  • Casey

    I couldn't help but imagine young Werther as a high school, tweeting about all his troubles to the ether. So, without further ado, I present to you: The Tweets of Young Werther.This is the kind of boo...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    (Book 959 from 1001 books) - ‭‎‎Die Leiden des jungen Werthers‭‭ = Les souffrances du jeune Werther‬ = The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von GoetheA Autobiographical novel by J...

  • Eric

    Thackeray wrote this very glib verse synopsis of the tale:Werther had a love for Charlotte Such as words could never utter;Would you know how first he met her? She was cutting bread and butter.Charlot...

  • Adina

    During the past 3 years I’ve started to read more classic writers that I missed when I was younger. That means most of them because I thought that dead writer= bad writer, with the exception of Russ...

  • Greta

    The Werther-effect. The book that caused collective suicides all through Europe"The Sorrows of Young Werther" is one of the most popular novels of the 18th and often referred to, which makes it worth ...

  • Fionnuala

    It’s taken me well over a year to get through the saga of Young Werther’s love for his Lotte even though it’s quite a short little book. I plead mitigating circumstances. I had no thought of rea...

  • Rowena

    "I have been intoxicated more than once, my passions have never been far off insanity."Although I have some sympathy for unrequited love, it was hard for me to understand Werther. My feelings toward ...

  • Rene

    Most beautiful book I've ever read. Goethe's style and prose is incredible. I'm not sure how well it translates to English, having read it in Dutch and German, but I'm sure there are many competant tr...