The Sorrows of Young Werther ; Elective Affinities ; Novella
Containing three of Goethe's major prose works, this volume explores a range of themes: unfulfilled love, infidelity, divorce, tragic love, fantasy, and moral rebirth. One of Goethe's best known works, The Sorrows of Young Werther, explores the extremes of the subjective experience through the novel's depiction of a sensitive young man caught up in a love impossible to fulfill. In Elective Affinities, a novel of tragic love, Goethe employs all the requisites of sentimental romance to give a deeply ironic perspective to the idea of love. As the title indicates, Novella examines the possibilities inherent in this genre.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JolleyG - LibraryThing
This is not the edition I read of these two books, but I mainly want to comment on "Elective Affinities," which is one of the books I most enjoyed by Goethe. It seems to be a precursor to the books ... Read full review
The Sorrows of Young Werther