The Autobiography of Goethe Volume 1

Johann Wolfgang von GOETHE (1749 - 1832), translated by John OXENFORD (1812 - 1877)

This Autobiography of Goethe has a lengthy introduction and short biography of Goethe's life by Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and was translated by John Oxenford (1812-1877) in 1848, which was a year of revolutions in Europe. Johann Goethe was a literary celebrity by the age of 25 and was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Carl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November of 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (available on Librivox). He lived in Germany from 1749-1832. This period corresponds to the same time as the Seven Years' War, and the French and American Revolutions (1754-1815). Goethe was a member of the Sturm und Drang literary movement. This group of writers believed that literature should shock the audience in order to produce extreme emotions as a counterbalance to the rationalist movement which promoted detachment in the sciences. This is the first part of his autobiography, which he called Truth and Fiction or Truth and Poetry depending on the translator. Goethe wrote poems, such as, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, as well as plays, novels and some scientific works. He wrote the play Faust which is also available on Librivox. He was an Anti-Enlightenment writer. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) assisted with the 1839 English translation of Johann Peter Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe in the Last Years of his Life.

One reader, Barbara, submitted the following after reading a little of the book. "The publisher, J. H. Moore, seems to have cobbled his book together from sources which are not properly acknowledged if at all. For instance, the "Introduction" merely pinches an essay by Thomas Carlyle which was published in 1828. Google gives the publication date of "The Autobiography of Goethe" as "1901?" (Summary by Wikipedia and Craig Campbell)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction by Thomas Carlyle Barbara Baker
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Play 01 Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Barbara Baker
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Play 02 Author's Preface Barbara Baker
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Play 03 First Book Part 1 Barbara Baker
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Play 04 First Book Part 2 Barbara Baker
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Play 05 First Book Part 3 Barbara Baker
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Play 06 Second Book Part 1 Barbara Baker
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Play 07 Second Book Part 2: The New Paris, Part 1 Barbara Baker
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Play 08 The New Paris, Part 2 Barbara Baker
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Play 09 The New Paris, Part 3 Barbara Baker
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Play 10 Third Book Part 1 Craig Campbell
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Play 11 Third Book Part 2 Craig Campbell
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Play 12 Fourth Book Part 1 Barbara Baker
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Play 13 Fourth Book Part 2 Barbara Baker
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Play 14 Fourth Book Part 3 awest
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Play 15 Fourth Book Part 4 Barbara Baker
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Play 16 Fifth Book Part 1 Craig Campbell
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Play 17 Fifth Book Part 2 Expatriate
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Play 18 Fifth Book Part 3 Barbara Baker
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Play 19 Sixth Book Part 1 Barbara Baker
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Play 20 Sixth Book Part 2 Barbara Baker
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Play 21 Sixth Book Part 3 Barbara Baker
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Play 22 Seventh Book Part 1 Rory Haye
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Play 23 Seventh Book Part 2 Barbara Baker
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Play 24 Seventh Book Part 3 Craig Campbell
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Play 25 Eighth Book Part 1 Craig Campbell
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Play 27 Eighth Book Part 3 Craig Campbell
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Play 28 Eighth Book Part 4 Barbara Baker
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Play 29 Ninth Book Part 1 Barbara Baker
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Play 30 Ninth Book Part 2 Barbara Baker
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Play 31 Ninth Book Part 3 Barbara Baker
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Play 32 Ninth Book Part 4 End Craig Campbell
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