Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
- Philip Weller
(b Frankfurt, Aug 28, 1749; d Weimar, March 22, 1832). German poet, dramatist and novelist. One of the most important literary and cultural figures of his age, he was recognized during his lifetime for his accomplishments of almost universal breadth. However, it is his literary works that have most consistently sustained his reputation, and that also serve to demonstrate most clearly his many-faceted relationship to music....