Italian Journey, 1786-1788
In 1786, when he was already the acknowledged leader of the Sturm und Drang literary movement, Goethe set out on a journey to Italy to fulfil a personal and artistic quest and to find relief from his responsibilities and the agonies of unrequited love. As he travelled to Venice, Rome, Naples and Sicily he wrote many letters, which he later used as the basis for the Italian Journey. A journal full of fascinating observations on art and history, and the plants, landscape and the character of the local people he encountered, this is also a moving account of the psychological crisis from which Goethe emerged newly inspired to write the great works of his mature years.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheWasp - LibraryThing
This book records Goethe's 2 years travelling in Italy in the company of different artists, where he "refinds" himself, He spends more lot more time reviewing artworks than he does describing his ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Andrewfm - LibraryThing
This book give a great description of the "Grand Tour" that was a staple of the educated class. Travel to Roma before the advent of tourism and chain hotels, where having dinner with the Pope in not the high point of the trip. Read full review