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Tales for Transformation by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In 1768, at the age of nineteen, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe began to study hermetic literature. This exploration had a huge impact on the early aesthetic education of Europes great man of letters, the last renaissance titan. In the years that followed, Goethe immersed himself in the hermetic tradition, and even set up an alchemic laboratory and attempted to make an elixir of immortality. Although he eventually gave up his alchemical experiments, he was to believe in the validity of the Great Work for the rest of his life. Alchemic symbolism is prominent in many of Goethes works, and it is particularly abundant in the tales of self-mastery and transformation presented in this collection. Included here are new translations of Fairy Tale (Marchen), Goethes alchemical allegory; The Counselor and The New Melusina, stories of temptation and the tests of love; The Good Woman, a curious discourse on aesthetics and the rights of women; and the lyrical prose masterpiece Novelle. Here also for the first time in English is The Magical Flute, Goethes sequel to Mozarts opera, with themes of initiation, the magical power of music, and liberated genius.

Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Language: English

Edition: 2

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 133

Publisher: City Lights Publishers

Publication Date: 2001-01-01

Our Price: $7.27

ISBN: 0872863638

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