Profile of the Day: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted August 28, 2014 by Amanda | No Comment
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do you have German ancestry? On this day 265 years ago, German writer, poet and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goeth was born in Frankfurt, then an Imperial Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe’s works are considered the beginning of the Sturm und Drang movement in German Romantic literature. His is perhaps best remembered for his two-part poetic drama Faust, which he began around the age of 23 and finished shortly before his death 60 years later. The tragedy is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of German literature. Goethe is buried in the Ducal Vault at Weimar’s Historical Cemetery.

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