Book Review: “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (1774) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Still from Young Goethe in Love (2010). Note how Goethe is wearing the iconic Werther costume.

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The Sorrows of Young Werther is one of those novels that I had encountered a number of times in my assigned reading for university, but never found the time to read myself. By the time I finally decided to fill in this gap in my literary knowledge, I already knew that the protagonist was basically the quintessential Romantic hero – emotional, artistic, and, of course, desperately in love with a girl he can never have – which meant that this could only end in tears (and probably death).

Werther did not disappoint in that regard… But maybe I kind of wanted it to.

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