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Elective Affinities (Penguin Classics) Paperback – October 26, 1978
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Goethe began work on Faust, and Egmont, another tragedy before being invited to join the government of Weimar. His interest in the classical world led him to leave suddenly for Italy in 1786 and the Italian Journey recounts his travels there. Iphigenia in Tauris and Torquato Tasso, classical dramas, were written at this time. Returning to Weimar, Goethe started the second part of Faust, encouraged by Schiller. In 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius. During this late period he finished his series of Wilhelm Master books and wrote many other works, including The Oriental Divan (1819). He also directed the State Theatre and worked on scientific theories in evolutionary botany, anatomy and color. Goethe completed Faust in 1832, just before he died.
R. J. Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche’s books and published two books about him. He has also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for the Penguin Classics. He is Honorary President of the British Nietzsche Society, and was for the Australian academic year 1991 Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne.
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Goethe's poetry in original Deutsch greatly preferable ---Travel/adventure Italian Journey
even in english much more successful---translations are difficult to bring off
all in all not awful nor superb--mezzo e mezzo
As far as subject genealogy goes, in this branch of chemistry, Goethe's elective affinities (a theory he had originally developed as early as 1799) was the first book on the subject of human chemistry; William Fairburn's Human chemistry was the second, Thomas Dreier's 1948 We Human Chemicals or, The Knack of Getting Along with Everybody was the third, and my 2007 Human Chemistry, has been the latest (as of 2010); Human Chemistry (Volume Two) , chapter ten "Goethe's Affinities", explains Goethe's human affinity theory in a modern chemical thermodynamics sense. Those with a background in chemistry, particularly physical chemistry or chemical engineering, will enjoy this book. Goethe's elective affinities, is by far and wide the most awe inspiring intellectual achievement of all time.