The Life of Goethe - Vol. 3

The Life of Goethe - Vol. 3

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The Life of Goethe - Vol. 3

The Life of Goethe - Vol. 3

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In the preface to the first volume I promised to insert here a statement of what was added to Bielschowsky's unfinished manuscript to make his biography of Goethe complete. Long before it became probable that he might not be spared to complete his great task he had cherished the wish that a special discussion of Goethe as a scientist might be contributed by some one especially well versed in that phase of the poet's activity. This wish is fulfilled in the chapter entitled "The Naturalist" (iii., 81-134), which was written by Professor S. Kalischer of Berlin. Professor Max Friedländer of Berlin added the note bearing the heading "Goethe's Poems Set to Music" (pp. 374-376). The most extensive additions were made by Professor Theobald Ziegler of Strasburg, who finished the chapter on Faust (beginning in the middle of p. 271) and wrote the concluding chapter (pp. 359-369), beside inserting an account of Goethe's attitude toward romanticism (pp. 143-149), and his relation to the philosophers Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel (ii., 179-181). The notes signed "Z" are also by him. Professors Imelmann and Roethe of Berlin revised Bielschowsky's manuscript from the point of view of style, and Dr. Franz Leppmann of Berlin lent the German publisher other assistance in bringing out the finished work.

In the preparation of the index of the translation it has seemed best to work independently of that of the original. I have included among the topics the various subjects in which Goethe was interested and the first line of each passage of German verse cited in the text, except extracts from a work under consideration. In case the source of the . . .

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