Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German literary prodigy Johann Wolfgang von Goethe breaks ground again with this volume of sensual love poetry. Despite its titillating title, these poems—though shockingly candid in the context of the early 1800s—are tame by contemporary standards, and Goethe couches his carnal odes in coy, oblique metaphors.
In the work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) one can find the seed of most German thought, literature, science and theology. A hugely influential man, not only on Germany but on the rest of Europe, Goethe's best known work is the two-part play Faust. Goethe was a privy-councilor to the Duchy of Weimar and his interest in foreign literature helped birth the concept of the world literature.
George Eliot called Goethe "Germany's...