Presented as a collection of confessional letters written by the eponymous protagonist, The Sorrows of Young Werther
charts the emotional journey of a young man who, during a stay in a picturesque German village, falls in love with Lotte, a local woman engaged to another man. As he realizes that his passion is doomed to failure and constant pain, Werther contemplates taking the most drastic measures.
Partly autobiographical, and the prototype for many later Romantic works in its depiction of the sensitive, tortured Romantic hero, Goethe’s seminal classic is a timeless masterpiece of world literature.
'I categorically say: read The Sorrows of Young Werther
!' Franz Kafka
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