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Johan Wolfgang Goethe


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Johan Wolfgang von Goethe : Reineke Fuchs

'Began "Reineke Fuchs"'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: BookManuscript: Unknown


Johan Wolfgang Goethe : unknown

From Chronology: Hemans's Life and Publications: '[in 1824] F[elicia] H[emans] studies German (Schiller, Herder, and Goethe, Korner).'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Felicia Hemans      Print: Book


Johan Wolfgang von Goethe : Faust

'I like the books which we purchased though the Physiological Botany is rather too minute & supposes the Reader a Learner indeed. The Travels are I think really good & good humoured. Faust was not so terrific as I apprehended from the seduction of a Philosopher by an evil Spirit. I verily think that Business is conducted better (than in far more ostentatious works) in the Arabian Tales, (not Nights) where a pious old Lady is wrought upon by her Vanity into Compliance with a Devil who takes the Character of a pious old Man:I want this second part of these strange Tales & to have done with the Subject of Books I treated myself with Warton's History of Poetry: I have long wished for it, but the Quarto edition was so dear 5 that I waited for a Octavo & it is just published: it has a great deal of dull Matter but with much Information & Amusement & moreover it is in the way of my Vocation. There is a good Print of the Author & John having seen that, I believe has no wish to look a page further.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: George Crabbe      Print: Book


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