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Die Leiden des jungen Werther MAY 17 1771

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Published on Jan 21, 2010

The English is read by Lynn Schwanauer, the German is obtained from the Gutenberg Project

http://www.die-leiden-des-jungen-wert...
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/19794

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) published his worldwide bestselling novel in 1774. Die Leiden des jungen Werther spread rapidly across German-speaking Europe and then around the world in many languages, including English. The Sorrows of Young Werther appeared in the United States in 1775. Goethe's Briefroman was written in the form of a series of letters (dated 1771) that the fictional "young Werther" sent to his friend Wilhelm. Through the letters we learn about the places Werther visits, as well as his pain and suffering connected with a love interest. Things end badly when Werther takes his own life over unrequited love. Goethe's book became a huge bestseller at the time. But it also had an unfortunate side effect: it is said to have inspired copycat suicides all around the globe in the 1770s

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