Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (yōˈhän vôlfˈgäng fən göˈtə) [key], 1749–1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist, b. Frankfurt. One of the great masters of world literature, his genius embraced most fields of human endeavor; his art and thought are epitomized in his great dramatic poem Faust.

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