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From My Life: Poetry and Truth, Parts 1-3 (Goethe: The Collected Works, Vol. 4) Paperback – October 31, 1994

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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Product Details

  • Series: Goethe the Collected Works (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 31, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691037973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691037974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By April Wilson on May 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Goethe is a bit like broccoli--one should like him better than one actually does. Goethe goes to great lengths to credit everyone who helped him become the most important German author ever. It moves at a very slow pace. It also is somewhat self-deceptive and misleading, as it ends when Goethe was in his late 20's. In order to get a more accurate view of Goethe's life, Dichtung and Wahrheit is best read in conjunction with a traditional biography. Goethe's autobiography appears in 4 parts, and this volume consists of the first 3, which were written earlier, and it is more thorough than the 4th part that appears in volume 5 of this series. Anyone seriously interested in studying autobiography as a genre should read it, even if it is slow going.
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