Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was aGerman poet, dramatist, novelist, theorist, humanist, scientist, painter,and polymath. His most enduring work, the two-part dramatic poemFaust, is considered one of the peaks of world literature. Goethe's otherwell-known literary works include his numerous poems, the bildungsro-man Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, the epistolary novel The Sor-rows of Young Werther and the semi-autobiographical novel Elective Af-finities. Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and themovement of Weimar Classicism in the late 18th and early 19th centu-ries; this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sentimentality("Empfindsamkeit"), Sturm und Drang, and Romanticism. The author of Faust and Theory of Colours, he influenced Darwin with his focus onplant morphology. Goethe's influence spread across Europe, and for thenext century his works were a primary source of inspiration in music,drama, poetry, and philosophy. Source: Wikipedia
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