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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von

[(geu-tuh, gur-tuh)]

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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