The sorrows of young Werther
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The sorrows of young Werther
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The Sorrows of Young Werther is a loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774. It was Goethe's first major success, turning him from an unknown into a celebrated author practically overnight. --- The majority of the novel is presented as a collection of letters written by Werther, a young artist of a highly sensitive and passionate temperament, and sent to his friend Wilhelm. In these letters, Werther gives a very intimate account of his stay in the fictional village of Wahlheim (based on the town of Garbenheim, near Wetzlar), where he meets and falls in love with Lotte, a beautiful young girl who is taking care of her siblings following the death of their mother. Lotte is, however, already engaged to a man named Albert. Despite the pain this causes Werther, he spends the next few months cultivating a close friendship with both of them. Every day serves as a torturing reminder that Lotte will never be able to requite his love...*

Table of Contents
  • THE SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
  • Translated by R.D. Boylan Edited by Nathen Haskell Dole
  • PREFACE
  • BOOK I
    • MAY 4.
  • BOOK II.
    • OCTOBER 20.
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