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Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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. . .These discussions our two speculators carried on between them to considerable length: at last they parted without seeming to have wrought any special conviction in each other, but engaging to meet at an appointed place next day.

Wilhelm walked up and down the streets for a time: he heard a sound of clarinets, hunting-horns, and bassoons; it swelled his bosom with delightful feelings. It was some travelling showmen that produced this pleasant music. He spoke with them: for a piece of coin they followed[71] him to Mariana's house. The space in front of the door was adorned with lofty trees; under them he placed his artists; and, himself resting on a bench at some distance, he surrendered his mind without restraint to the hovering tones which floated round him in the cool mellow night. Stretched out beneath the kind stars, he felt his existence like a golden dream. "She, too, hears these flutes," said he within his heart: "she feels whose remembrance, whose love of . . . Read More

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I wouldn't have thought about reading Goethe if we hadn't been sitting in the rain last November talking about Nietzsche, and we wouldn't have been talking about Nietzsche if Helen hadn't been trying to explain Steiner to me for the hundredth time, and she wouldn't have been trying to explain Steine

Ben Jonson, observing that certain actors credited his rival, Shakespeare, with never blotting out a word of his writing, retorted "Would he had blotted out a thousand!" Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, from a modern perspective,would benefit from easily ten times that many deletions.

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My second Goethe book. Not as melodramatic as his first book, The Sorrows of Young Werther (3 stars) but more comprehensive and seems more real. You see, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German novelist and since I have not been to Germany and my only idea of Germany are from the books t

To which degree does Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, the prototypical Bildungsroman, speak to us today? Maybe first of all as a counterweight to the fragmented “postmodern condition”. Though I started reading this work mostly as a sort of historical document, I found that it has more to offer t

Majster je toliko toga! Najpre je temelj za svakoga ko se interesuje za Bildungs-narative i filozofiju obrazovanja. Nemoguće je i neozbiljno govoriti o poetici Bildungsromana bez čitanja Getea. Tako i samo čitanje ima obrazovnu ulogu – upoznajemo se sa kodom, obuhvatom i mogućnostima ovakve vrste ro

Die Herkunft aus gutem Haus, der Drang zur Selbstverwirklichung, der verschlungene Lebensweg: Wilhelm Meister hat einiges mit seinem Erfinder Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gemeinsam. In die Form eines Romans gepresst, weicht Goethes Lebensschilderung doch stark von dem handlungsgetragenen Schema ab, da

This is the prototypical Bildungsroman - the influence of "Wilhelm Meister" on global literary history can hardly be overestimated, because with this text from 1795, Goethe defined the genre. The central aspect he highlighted is that "Bildung" does not only entail formal education, but also the deve

The bildungsroman is generally considered to have been created by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the 18th century with his novels Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and The Sorrows of Young Werther. The main theme of this genre is seeing the protagonist mature from childhood into adulthood, and usually

This book is a monster, starts out shallow but becomes enormous as it goes on. Intensely romantic, but full of German coldness. The characters are vivid, very real, and each exists consistent in his or her own world. An endless stream of ideas on art and life.

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