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The Sorrows of Werter – Goethe (1886)

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The Sorrows of Werter – Goethe (1886)

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Title: The Sorrows of Werter, As You Like It, and The Tale of Gamelyn
Author: Goethe, Shakespeare, and Chaucer
Publisher: Cassell & Company, 1886
Condition: Hardcover, patterned edges. Pocket size. Excellent condition.

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Title: The Sorrows of Werter, As You Like It, and The Tale of Gamelyn
Author: Goethe, Shakespeare, and Chaucer
Publisher: Cassell & Company, 1886
Condition: Hardcover, patterned edges. Pocket size. Excellent condition.

About the book:

The Sorrows of Werter – Goethe (from Wikipedia):

The Sorrows of Young Werther (German: Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is an epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774; a revised edition of the novel was published in 1787. Werther was an important novel of the Sturm und Drang period in German literature, and influenced the later Romantic literary movement.

Finished in six weeks of intensive writing during January–March 1774, its publication instantly made the 24-year-old Goethe one of the first international literary celebrities. Of all his works, this book was the most known to the general public.

The majority of The Sorrows of Young Werther is presented as a collection of letters written by Werther, a young artist of highly sensitive and passionate temperament, and sent to his friend Wilhelm.

In these letters, Werther gives a very intimate account of his stay in the fictional village of Wahlheim (based on the town of Garbenheim, near Wetzlar).[citation needed] He is enchanted by the simple ways of the peasants there. He meets Lotte, a beautiful young girl who is taking care of her siblings following the death of their mother. Despite knowing beforehand that Lotte is already engaged to a man named Albert who is 11 years her senior, Werther falls in love with her.

As You Like It – Shakespeare (from Wikipedia):

As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play’s first performance is uncertain, though a performance at Wilton House in 1603 has been suggested as a possibility. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle’s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. Historically, critical response has varied, with some critics finding the work of lesser quality than other Shakespearean works and some finding the play a work of great merit.

The play features one of Shakespeare’s most famous and oft-quoted speeches, “All the world’s a stage”, and is the origin of the phrase “too much of a good thing”. The play remains a favourite among audiences and has been adapted for radio, film, and musical theatre.

The Tale of Gamelyn – Chaucer (from Wikipedia):

The Tale of Gamelyn is a romance written in c. 1350 in a dialect of Middle English, considered part of the Matter of England. It is presented in a style of rhymed couplets and described by Skeat as “the older and longer kind of ballad” and by Ramsey as a “rough and ready romance.” The Tale of Gamelyn is one of 25 stories within Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in which it follows the unfinished Cook’s Tale. This 900 line romance takes place during the reign of King Edward I and tells the story of Gamelyn, and the various obstacles he must overcome in order to retrieve his rightful inheritance from his older brother. The tale confronts the corruption of the law, illuminating a lack of moral and political consistency. There is no indication as to where exactly this story takes place, given that the text itself has no place names, and Gamelyn’s family name of Boundys most likely just signifies a type of boundary.