The Sorrows of Young Werther

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A key work in the German ‘Sturm und Drang’ movement, Johann Goethe’s autobiographical epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther is a defining moment in early Romanticism, which has influenced writers from Mary Shelley to Thomas Mann.

"Is this the destiny of man? Is he only happy before he has acquired his reason or after he has lost it?"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther