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Goethe's Mother

Excerpt from Goethe's Mother: Correspondence of Catharine Elizabeth Goethe With Goethe, Lavater, Wieland, Duchess Anna Amalia of Saxe-Weimar, Friedrich Von Stein, and Others "The mother was more like what we conceive as the proper parent for a poet. She is one of the pleasantest figures in German literature, and one standing out with greater vividness than almost any other. Her simple, hearty, joyous, and affectionate nature endeared her to all. She was the delight of children, the favorite of poets and princes. To the last retaining her enthusiasm and simplicity, mingled with great shrewdness and knowledge of character, Frau Aja, as they christened her, was at once grave and hearty, dignified and simple. She had read most of the best German and Italian authors, had picked up considerable desultory information, and had that mother-wit which so often seems to render culture superfluous in women." Lewes' Life op Goethe. "'She was worthy of life, ' said her great son to me in the year 1814, when he revisited his paternal city. 'How intense was her attachment to her friends; how efficient a mediator and helper; how faithful and discreet a confidante was she! She used to say, "Don't lose your presence of mind because the wind blows roughly; and think of Wieland's words, 'Die Hand die uns durch dieses Dunkel fuhrt' - the hand that leads us through this darkness." (See page 42.) About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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