Correspondence between Goethe and Carlyle

Correspondence between Goethe and Carlyle

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Correspondence between Goethe and Carlyle

Correspondence between Goethe and Carlyle

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Carlyle was in his twenty-ninth year when, in June 1824, he first wrote to Goethe, sending him his Translation, then just published, of Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. He had not yet attained to any definite position in the world of letters; his writing hitherto had been tentative, much of it mere hackwork, and had attracted little attention. His name was not known outside a narrow circle; he had not yet acquired full possession of his own powers, nor was he at peace with himself. For ten years he had been engaged in constant and severe spiritual wrestlings; his soul, begirt by doubts, was painfully struggling to be free. The predominant tendencies of contemporary English thought were hateful to him; Philosophy in its true sense was all but extinct in England; the . . .

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