Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Bibliography

Die Laune des Verliebten (The Lover's Spleen) 1768
A pastoral play.
Die Mitschuldigen (Partners in Guilt) 1769
A comedy.
G”tz von Berlichingen mit der eisernen Hand (G”tz von Berlichingen with the Iron Fist) 1771
Historical drama which appeared between 1771 and 1773.
Urfaust 1773
First version of Faust
Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sufferings of Young Werther) 1774
“Goethe’s Werther was translated into English in 1779. It had an immense effect. Authors in England cashed in with meretricious imitations, mainly ‘letters of Charlotte’. One of these writers had the temerity to dedicate his contribution to Queen Charlotte. He also remarked, ‘I am confident that a collection of nonsense, under the same title would at least sell an edition.’ There were prints and engravings, porcelain figurines and momentoes. Charlotte was endlessly portrayed at Vauxhall and on the stage. In the most appealing scene (though it did not actually appear in Goethe’s work), Charlotte at Werther’s grave, she was exhibited at Mrs Salmon’s Historical Waxworks. Even Richard Graves, a sharp satirist of contemporary morals and manners, was trapped into a half-admiring admission that Charlotte’s love for Werther, though illicit on earth, would surely permit them to enjoy a permanent union in heaven. As a clergyman he came to regret this judgement and published a denunciation of suicide by way of retraction. (Lucubrations, 1786, pp. 199-205.) Others were more critical from the beginning. Goethe seemed positively to justify suicide by depicting it as the natural, logical end for a man of powerful feelings foiled by conventional morality.” (Langford, A Polite and Commercial Society, pp. 479-80).
Urfaust 1775
Italian Journay 1786
Published between 1786 and 1788.
Egmont 1787
Iphigenie auf Tauris 1787
The play, first written in prose, was performed in 1779. Its final, classical version, written in blank verse was published in 1787.
Torquato Tasso 1789
Classical drama in which Goethe deals with the status of the modern poet in feudal society and with emergence of bourgeois literature during the eighteenth century.
An Attempt to Explain the Metamorphosis of Plants 1790
An essay on plant morphology which made advances on Carolus Linnaeus's system of taxonomic classification.
Tasso 1790
Roman Elegies 1795
Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre 1795
Provided the model of the Bildungsroman.
Venetian Epigrams 1795
Hermann and Dorothea 1797
Die natrliche Tochter (The Illegitimate Daughter) 1803
Goethe's last classical drama was intended as a response to the French Revolution.
Faust, Part 1 1808
Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective Affinities) 1809
Written originally as a short story between 29 May 1808 and the end of July. In April 1809 Goethe decided to expand the story and completed the final version on 4 October. It was published by Gotta in two volumes.
Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors) 1810
Goethe's unsuccessful attempt to overturn Newtonian optics.
Dichtung und Wahrheit (Poetry and Truth) 1811
Goethe's autobiography.
To Show that Man Shares the Intermaxillary Bone in the Upper Jaw with Other Animals 1820
Written in 1784 Goethe's discovery denied humans a special place in God's creation and put the author squarely in the camp of the pre-Darwinians.
Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre 1821
A revised version was published in 1829.