Johann von Goethe

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Birthday
28, 1749
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 22, 1832 (82)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
28, 1749
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Mar 22, 1832 (82)

About

German writer associated with the Sturm und Drang literary movement and best known for his poetic drama, Faust. His other works include The Sorrows of Young Werther, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, and Hermann and Dorothea.

Before Fame

As a child, he studied many different languages, including Latin, Greek, French, Italian, English and Hebrew. During the 1760s, he unhappily studied law in Leipzig, devoting most of his time and energy to writing poetry and pursuing romance.

Trivia

His masterwork, Faust, inspired symphonies, oratorios, and operas by such renowned composers as Wagner, Mahler, Liszt, Schumann, and Berlioz.

Family Life

He had several children with his long-time mistress, Christiane Vulpius; the couple finally married in 1806. Following Vulpius' death in 1816, Goethe fell in love with Baroness Ulrike von Levetzow (sadly, because Levetzow's mother disapproved of their relationship, the two never married).

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Goethe's literary work profoundly influenced the Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Jung.