Conversations of Goethe with Eckermann and Soret 2 Volume Paperback Set

Conversations of Goethe with Eckermann and Soret 2 Volume Paperback Set

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Originally published by Goethe's friend and personal secretary, Johann Peter Eckermann (1792-1854), in German in 1836, this work comprises Eckermann's recollections of his conversations with the German writer and philosopher during the last nine years of his life. Eckermann published a further volume in 1848 using both his own memories and material from the journals of Swiss scientist Frederic Soret, who was also a close acquaintance of Goethe. The work initially sold poorly in Germany, but quickly became popular internationally, and contributed to the rehabilitation of Goethe's scholarly reputation both within Germany and throughout the world. This edition, translated by British playwright and translator John Oxenford (1812-77) was published in two volumes in London in 1850. Oxenford combined the original three volumes, putting the conversations in chronological order. The topics discussed include religion, politics, literature, poetry and natural sciences.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 902 pages
  • 140 x 218 x 53mm | 1,200g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1108040934
  • 9781108040938
  • 1,818,557

Table of contents

Volume 1: Translator's preface; Author's preface; Introduction; 1822-7. Volume 2: 1827-32; Index.
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Review quote

"Frequenting a literary celebrity is a good reason for keeping a journal, and Johann Peter Eckermann and Frederic Soret, two aspiring bookish types who sought out the company of poet, playwright and amateur scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's most famous writer circa 1800, did so.... there is much to enjoy in Eckermann's worshipful descriptions of the 70ish Goethe, and this 19th century translation substitutes period charm for strict word-for-word accuracy..."
--Benjamin Ivry, The Newark Star-Ledger
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