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Conversations of Goethe with Johann Peter Eckermann [Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Johann Peter Eckermann, J. K. Moorhead, John Oxenford, Havelock. Gespräche mit Goethe in den letzten Jahren seines Lebens, Zweiter Band ( German Edition) [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Peter Eckermann, Frédéric. Ich durchblätterte mit Goethe einige Hefte Zeichnungen meines Freundes Johann Peter Eckerman: Gespräche mit Goethe in den letzten Jahren seines.

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The seventh sign of Goethe’s greatness is that he could become hilariously surly when discussing his detractors, but he preferred, and usually attained, serenity.

To Eckermann Goethe entrusted the publication of his Nachgelassene Schriften posthumous works How to be more like Napolean, for example. I especially enjoyed his comments when asked why he didn’t help defend Germany during the Napoleonic wars.

Conversations Of Goethe

You might want to read some Schiller as well, “Robbers” goeethe particular. We take a more general interest in humanity, and cannot sympathize with the triumphs of Caesar.

Gnomanix rated it goeth was amazing Jun 29, There are some fun implications for philosophy of science, and general crank-ism in there. I felt while reading this that this moment in time and place was the true pinnacle of civilization and everything has been downhill since like some would say classical music after Beethoven.

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View all 4 comments. Speaking to his young disciple in Januarythe seventy-seven-year-old Goethe first used his newly minted term “Weltliteratur,” which upon publication of the Conversations passed into common international currency: Bucchianeri, author eckermabn “Faust: The first sign of Goethe’s greatness is his enormous capacity to love and attentively notice the works and people whom he perceives as excellent. Goethe was quite obsessive about his own color theory. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Although only thirty-one when first meeting the seventy-four-year-old literary giant, Eckermann quickly devoted himself to assisting Goethe during his last nine years while never failing to record their far-ranging discourse. Trusting the dates provided by Eckermann, the first two volumes appeared about three years after Goethe’s death inand a third volume with additional conversations was published inwhich also featured various discussions Goethe had with an acquaintance named M.

Doolan the German translation of Plutarch. With so many books available that both entertain and educate, and so little time to read them all, I decided that discretion was indeed the better part of valor, especially as I approach my seventy-fifth birthday next evkermann. This will be as clear as a vast and cloudless sky to anyone who reads the conversations that he had with, and that were diligently recorded by, his protege and friend, Johann Eckermann.

Johann Peter Eckermann

Sep 23, Ariadne Oliver rated it liked it Shelves: Thereafter, however, during the next nine years they worked together, Goethe did not pay Eckermann, Johann Peter subsisting on tutoring lessons he gave. What fascinates me about the book is how Goethe emerges in the book.

To Eckermann Goethe entrusted the publication of his Nachgelassene Schriften posthumous works — For several years he also instructed the son of the grand duke.

Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. The sixth sign of Goethe’s greatness is his belief in what must be called, for lack of a more precise word, magic.

For a writer, this book contains things that no MFA program would hope or dare to provide. I also particularly liked the various excursions he took with Eckermann, whether to neighboring towns or up into the mountains.

During the last ten years of goethw life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethethe famous German author of “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, “Egmont” and “Faust” became mentor to a young gesprfhe named Johann Peter Eckermann who had decided to make writing his career. Also relevant to today are Goethe’s criteria for judging art, though we would apply to movies his thoughts about theater and to pop music his thoughts about poetry.


He died at Weimar on gowthe December He simply took pleasure in his sense of “the divine” in nature and rejoiced in others’ ability to do so too. This book is a real time-capsule, a gem for Goethe devotees. You have to see it this way: I am also inclined to read a bit more about Goethe after I finished reading this book. We have, again, the courage to stand with firm feet upon God’s earth, and to feel ourselves in our divinely-endowed human nature.

And the antique is classic, not because it is old, but because it is strong, fresh, joyous, and healthy. He meets Goethe often and they talk about other writers, books, and so forth.

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Lord Byron is a big favorite of Goethe. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

No matter where one lives in the world, one is drawn to the world that the writer describes. Aug 14, michael rated it it was amazing. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May He was also joint-editor with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer — of the ecmermann edition of Goethe’s works in 40 vols —