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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) is a giant of German and world literature. Indeed, he coined the term Weltliteratur and spoke Greek, Latin, French, English, and Italian. In addition to its profound quality, the volume of work during his eighty-two-year lifetime is impressive. Among other works, Goethe wrote a worldwide, bestselling novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers, 1774), volumes of poetry, and several dramas, including his masterwork Faust— a massive two-volume work that was not entirely finished by the time of the poet's death. Goethe also engaged in painting and science, from which came his Theory of Color (“Farbenlehre”) among other scientific works—a collected edition that Rudolf Steiner edited and introduced as a young man (see Nature’s Open Secret). Indeed, Goethe's body of scientific and philosophical works was one of the most important influences in the development of Rudolf Steiner’s early work and for Anthroposophy as a whole.

Books by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe :

The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Illustrated by David Newbatt

The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Introduction by Paul Marshall Allen
Interpretive Essay by Rudolf Steiner

Goethe on Science

An Anthology of Goethe's Scientific Writings
Preface by Henri Bortoft

Readings in Goethean Science


The Time Is at Hand!

The Rosicrucian Nature of Goethe's Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily and the Mystery Dramas of Rudolf Steiner