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[gur-tuh, German gœ-tuh] /ˈgɜr tə, German ˈgœ tə/
Johann Wolfgang von
[yoh-hahn vawlf-gahng fuh n] /ˈyoʊ hɑn ˈvɔlf gɑŋ fən/ (Show IPA),
1749–1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist, and philosopher.
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Goethean, Goethian
[gur-tee-uh n, gœ-] /ˈgɜr ti ən, ˈgœ-/ (Show IPA),
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  • Yet Goethe can talk of Hamlet's "pure and most moral nature."

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The story reads exactly like the story of Goethe and Schiller.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • But perhaps as Goethe has somewhere said, "Experience, after all, is the best teacher."

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Here Goethe's little parable, as he calls it, is peculiarly applicable.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • I fought with Goethe for the redemption of a soul sold to the Devil.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • He quoted Goethe's test for every idea about life, "But is it true, is it true for me, now?"

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Homer and Shakespeare, Goethe and Dante are clearly not of it.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
British Dictionary definitions for Goethe


/German ˈɡøːtə/
Johann Wolfgang von (joˈhan ˈvɔlfɡaŋ fɔn). 1749–1832, German poet, novelist, and dramatist, who settled in Weimar in 1775. His early works of the Sturm und Drang period include the play Götz von Berlichingen (1773) and the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). After a journey to Italy (1786–88) his writings, such as the epic play Iphigenie auf Tauris (1787) and the epic idyll Hermann und Dorothea (1797), showed the influence of classicism. Other works include the Wilhelm Meister novels (1796–1829) and his greatest masterpiece Faust (1808; 1832)
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