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By Siegfried Unseld,Kenneth J. Northcott

ISBN-10: 0226841944

ISBN-13: 9780226841946

In 1815, Goethe gave symbolic expression to his excessive courting with Marianne Willemer, a lately married girl thirty-five years his junior. He gave her a leaf from the ginkgo tree, explaining that, like its deeply cleft but nonetheless complete leaf, he used to be "single but twofold." even though it isn't identified if their courting was once ever consummated, they did trade love poetry, and Goethe released a number of of Marianne's poems in his West-East Divan with no crediting her authorship.

In this pretty little e-book, well known Goethe student Siegfried Unseld considers what this episode skill to our estimation of a author many ponder approximately godlike in stature. Unseld starts off via exploring the botanical and scientific lore of the ginkgo, together with using its nut as an aphrodisiac and anti-aging serum. He then delves into Goethe's writings for the sunshine they shed on his courting with Marianne. Unseld unearths Goethe as a good but individual, topic, as the other guy, to the vagaries of passion.

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