Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Johann Wolfgang (von) Goethe(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer andstatesman. His body of work includesepic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and versedramas; memoirs; an autobiography;literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist.

A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke ofSaxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. 

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