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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von

[ (geu-tuh, gur-tuh) ]
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A German author of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, who greatly influenced European literature. Among his celebrated works are a drama telling the story of Faust and the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

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