Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Social Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Profession: Social Philosopher


Biography: A writer and statesman whose body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels.

In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are extant.

Born: August 28, 1749
Birthplace: Free Imperial City of Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: March 22, 1832 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

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Married Life

  • 1806-10-14 German writer, artist and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe marries mistress Christiane Vulpius in Weimar

Historical Events

  • 1776-02-08 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play "Stella" premieres in Hamburg
  • 1796-03-31 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Egmont" premieres in Weimar
  • 1829-01-19 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Faust, Part 1" premieres
  • 1897-05-18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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