Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

"A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August, in 1782 after taking up residence in Weimar in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe became a member of the Duke´s privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar´s botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace.[a]" - ( 06.02.2020)

What we know


was born Frankfurt August 28, 1749
died Weimar March 22, 1832
Friend Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) 1794-1805
son of Johann Caspar Goethe (1710-1782) [father of], Katharina Elisabeth Goethe (1731-1808) [mother of]
brother of Cornelia Schlosser (1750-1777)
Friend Johann Georg Schlosser (1739-1799)
was buried Weimarer Fürstengruft


has met Sophie von La Roche (1730-1807) Oßmannstedt 1799
has met Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) Strasbourg 1770
has met Novalis (1772-1801) Weimar March 1798
was portrayed Gerhard von Kügelgen (1772-1820) 1810


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