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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, HE, Germany
Death: March 22, 1832 (82)
Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
Place of Burial: Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Johann Caspar Goethe and Catharina Elisabeth Goethe
Husband of Christiane von Goethe (Vulpius)
Fiancé of Anna Elisabeth "Lili" Schönemann
Father of Julius August Walter von Goethe; Anonymus von Goethe; Caroline von Goethe; Carl von Goethe and Catharina von Goethe
Brother of Cornelia Friederike Christiane Schlosser; Hermann Jacob Goethe; Catharina Elisabeth Goethe; Johanna Maria Goethe; Georg Adolf Goethe and 1 other

Occupation: Geheimrat und Dichter, Schriftsteller u. Staatsminister
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About Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His works include epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist.

A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Carl August in 1782 after taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe was a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[4]

His first major scientific work, the Metamorphosis of Plants, was published after he returned from a 1788 tour of Italy. In 1791, he was made managing director of the theatre at Weimar, and in 1794 he began a friendship with the dramatist, historian, and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, whose plays he premiered until Schiller's death in 1805. During this period, Goethe published his second novel, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, the verse epic Hermann and Dorothea, and, in 1808, the first part of his most celebrated drama, Faust. His conversations and various common undertakings throughout the 1790s with Schiller, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Johann Gottfried Herder, Alexander von Humboldt, Wilhelm von Humboldt, and August and Friedrich Schlegel have, in later years, been collectively termed Weimar Classicism.

Arthur Schopenhauer cited Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship as one of the four greatest novels ever written, along with Tristram Shandy, La Nouvelle Héloïse, and Don Quixote, and Ralph Waldo Emerson selected Goethe as one of six "representative men" in his work of the same name, along with Plato, Emanuel Swedenborg, Michel de Montaigne, Napoleon, and William Shakespeare. Goethe's comments and observations form the basis of several biographical works, most notably Johann Peter Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe.

Über Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Deutsch)


00 1 Goethe, v., Johann Wolfgang


  • 28.08.1749 Frankfurt

† 22.03.1832 Weimar

Vater: Goethe, Johann Kaspar

Mutter: Textor, Katharina Elisabeth

oo 19.10.1806 Weimar Vulpius, Johanna Christiana Sophia <Vulpius, Johann Friedrich, Amtskopist, Weimar, und Riehl (Rühle), Christina Margaretha>, * 01.06.1765 Weimar, † 06.06.1816 Weimar.


1) Goethe, v., Julius August Walter, Kammerrat

  • 25.12.1789 Weimar, † 28.10.1830 I Rom

2) von Goethe, Kind

  • 14.10.1791 Weimar, † 14.10.1791 Weimar

3) von Goethe, Caroline

  • 24.11.1793 Weimar, † 04.12.1793 Weimar

4) von Goethe, Carl

  • 01.11.1795 Weimar, † 18.11.1795 Weimar

5) von Goethe, Catharina

  • 18.12.1802 Weimar, † 18.12.1802 Weimar

Quellen: ATGoethe, RöschGoeth

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Carl Knetsch: Ahnentafel J.W.Goethes 1932.

Siegfried Rösch: Goethes Verwandtschaft, 1956.

Ölgemälde von Joseph Karl Stieler, 1828

Erhebung in den Adelsstand: Mittwoch 10. April 1782

H.C. Scheibler / K. Wülfrath, Westdeutsche Ahnentafeln, Weimar 1939, S. 414, 437

B. Koerner / T. Dreyer, Westfälisches Geschlechterbuch 1 (DGB 108), Görlitz 1940, S. 580,_Johann_Wolfgang_von

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Timeline

August 28, 1749
Frankfurt am Main, HE, Germany
August 29, 1749
Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Darmstadt, HE, Germany
December 25, 1789
Weimar, Gotha, Thüringen, Deutschland (Germany)
October 14, 1791
Weimar, Alemania
November 24, 1793
Weimar, Alemania
November 1, 1795
Weimar, Alemania
December 18, 1802
Weimar, Alemania
March 22, 1832
Age 82
Weimar, Thüringen, Germany