The Flight to Italy

The Flight to Italy : Diary and Selected Letters

3.85 (791 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Volume editor 

List price: US$22.00

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

This is the authentic day-to-day record of the first eight weeks of freedom as Germany's greatest poet heads for the Italy he has been yearning to see since childhood and finds himself in a new world of warmth and light. Leaving behind the difficulties of a decade in Weimar, the burden of administration, a difficult love-affair, and the frustration of not having time to work on his literary projects, he discovers himself again as a sensuous being and an artist. Goethe's fresh and spontaneous notes, sometimes dashed down at crowded tables in primitive Italian inns, bring together art and nature, Antiquity and the Renaissance, aesthetics and science, observations of climate, rocks, plants and the Italian people, in an unpremeditated mixture through which the poet's mature vision of the natural and human world can be seen taking shape. Never before translated into English, this diary brings us close to a great European writer at a turning-point of his life.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 7.62mm | 136.08g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 0192838865
  • 9780192838865

About Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

T.J. Reed is a Fellow of the British Academy and Taylor Professor of German at the University of Oxford.show more

Rating details

791 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 31% (242)
4 35% (277)
3 26% (205)
2 6% (47)
1 3% (20)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X