The Sorrows of Young Werther (Penguin Classics)
‘Be on your guard … and take care not to fall in love!’ Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive and romantic young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Lotte. Although he realizes that Lotte is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion for her and his... show more
‘Be on your guard … and take care not to fall in love!’ Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive and romantic young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Lotte. Although he realizes that Lotte is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion for her and his infatuation torments him to the point of absolute despair. The first great ‘confessional’ novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther draws both on Goethe’s own unrequited love for Charlotte Buff and on the death of his friend Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem. The book was an immediate success and a cult rapidly grew up around it, resulting in numerous imitations as well as violent criticism and even suppression for its apparent recommendation of suicide. Goethe’s sensitive exploration of the mind of a young artist at odds with society and ill-equipped to cope with life is now considered the first great tragic novel of European literature. This edition includes notes and an introduction by Michael Hulse who explores the origins of the novel in the author’s life and examines its impact on European culture. @SourKraut Met a new girl today! Need to avoid being trapped in the friend zone this time. She is engaged to some dweeb named Albert. What kind of a name is Al? Truly, I am so sad. I am overcome with despair. I feel nothing but sorrow. Have I noted how upset I am? I am very upset. #pain #angst #suffering #sexdep From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
Publish date: August 1st 1989
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Classic Literature
, German Literature
, 18th Century
I wanted to read this 18th century publishing phenomenon because of History Bites, a slightly crazy show that liked to imagine what history would have been like if television had been around. It did an episode on Goethe where a bunch of impressionable youths were dressing up in Werther’s blue coat a...
"When I consider the narrow limits within which our active and inquiring faculties are confined; when I see how all our energies are wasted in providing for mere necessities . . . and then that all our satisfaction concerning certain subjects of investigation ends in nothing better than a passive re...
Tak ckliwej powieści nie czytałem nigdy w życiu, a być może nawet Goethe w tym wydaniu stał się dla mnie szczepionką na wszystkie romanse i "duszne rozterki", bo nie znoszę ich do dziś. A trzeba powiedzieć, że czytałem "Cierpienia..." w werterowskim wieku. Epoka, w której za przyczyną tej powieści p...
Wiem, że książka została napisana w okresie romantyzmu i naprawdę starałam się na tym myśleniu opierać wszystko to, co mi się nie podobało. Niestety, po lekturze naprawdę byłam zawiedziona. Dziwię się, że taka książka odniosła jakiś sukces. Te wszystkie listy dotyczą tylko tego, jak 'biedny' Weter u...
Classic, beautiful book that made me love it and hate it. Werther can look so arrogant when he talks and express about some people he met along the story, but we can’t help to like him and sympathize his sorrows when he falls in love with Lotte and realises that he could never be with her, she would...