Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe in Italy in the 1780’s ( by Johann_Heinrich_Wilhelm_Tischbein, Städel Museum Frankfurt) (© Wikipedia)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was the greatest writer of his time and even Napoleon insisted on meeting him when the French conqueror happened to be passing through Germany with the Grande Armée. Goethe had gained celebrity at an early age, and won both acclaim and notoriety for his writings, some of which are now classics of world literature. This brilliant intellectual and artist wrote four novels, poetry and world-famous dramas, as well as treatises on various scientific subjects, and he served in a number of important state functions.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast 28 August, 1999 on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Goethe’s birth