Tales for Transformation
Tales for Transformation
Translated by Scott Thompson

In 1768, at the age of nineteen, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe began to study hermetic literature. This exploration had a huge impact on the early aesthetic education of Europe's great man of letters, the last renaissance titan. In the years that followed, Goethe immersed himself in the hermetic tradition, and even set up an alchemic laboratory and attempted to make an elixir of immortality. Although he eventually gave up his alchemical experiments, he was to believe in the validity of the Great Work for the rest of his life.

Alchemic symbolism is prominent in many of Goethe’s works, and it is particularly abundant in the tales of self-mastery and transformation presented in this collection. Included here are new translations of "Fairy Tale" (“Märchen”), Goethe’s alchemical allegory; “The Counselor” and “The New Melusina,” stories of temptation and the tests of love; “The Good Woman,” a curious discourse on aesthetics and the rights of women; and the lyrical prose masterpiece “Novelle.” Here also for the first time in English is “The Magical Flute,” Goethe’s sequel to Mozart’s opera, with themes of initiation, the magical power of music, and liberated genius.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German writer, poet, and playwright, among other things. He was well known for his epic novels and lyrical poetry. He was a participant in the Strum & Drang literary movement. His work "Gotz von Berlichingen" made him famous and his other work "The Sorrows of a Young Werther" marked the early phase of Romanticism.

Title Tales for Transformation
Translated by Scott Thompson
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 March 1999
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0872863638
ISBN-13 9780872863637
Publication Date 01 March 1999
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $11.95

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