Goethe Johann Wolfgang von. [Carlyle, Thomas, Translator]

Published by London Chapman and Hall, Strand 1842, 1842
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3 volumes. New Edition, Revised and Thomas Carlyle’s First Book. 8vo, publisher’s original dark green blind-stamped cloth, lettered in gilt on the spines and decorated in blind on the covers. xix, 324; 377; xxxi, 290 pp. An unusually fine, clean, bright set. Especially well preserved. A FINE EDITION OF THIS MASTERWORK AND AN IMPORTANT TRANSLATION BY THOMAS CARLYLE. In WILHELM MEISTER Goethe again took up the novel form. It is full of not only realistic detail, but as well, poetic allegory. Wilhelm Meister was considered not so much "an illustration of the author's life-philosophy as a lay-figure on which he demonstrates his views. [It] is a work of extraordinary variety, ranging from the commonplace.to poetic romanticism. Of all Goethe's works, this exerted the most immediate and lasting influence on German literature; it served as a model for the best fiction of the next thirty years" (Britannica). This was Thomas Carlyle’s first book. Goethe had a great influence on Carlyle. And after reading this novel for the first time, Carlyle said, "Here lay more insight into the elements of human nature, and a more perfect combining of them, than all the other fictitious literature of our generation." This important printing in English, in three-decker format, is a fine example of the three-decker period and of the height of English literary publishing. Bookseller Inventory # 21701

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Publisher: London Chapman and Hall, Strand 1842

Publication Date: 1842

Binding: Hardcover

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