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Goethe and His Time URL:

When Goethe was born, the Ancien Régime was still in place and powdered wigs were still worn; by his death, the first train lines were already crossing the German territory. Goethe was thus a privileged witness to the revolutionary transformations that took place around him and were reflected in his outut and his vast correspondence. In fact, he was the first author to conceive an autobiography based on the inextricable relation the individual maintains with his time. Hence, when referring to Goethe’s life, reference must inevitably be made to the birth of modern Germany, as his works marked the beginning of the German cultural revolution, which would produce figures such as Marx, Nietzsche and Freud.


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