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The Sufferings of Young Werther: A New Translation by Stanley Corngold Hardcover – 13 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (13 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393079384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393079388
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The translator is to be congratulated on having produced a Werther in which both the substance and the tone of the original shine through --Times Literary Supplement

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Stanley Corngold is a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University. His highly acclaimed translations include Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis and Kafka's Selected Stories.

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Werther an excellent read 28 Jan. 2015
By J. Spirit - Published on
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This work was exactly what I expected. Beautiful. Werther cannot help but win your heart. He is so sincere about how he feels, even if it is to the detriment of his happiness. A sweet tribute to the time period also.
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Easy to read 22 Feb. 2013
By Sydnie Hilburn - Published on
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Loved the translation. It was easy to use in class, easy to read, and much better than a paper back.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Uni-students note: Kindle glitch makes highlighting impossible 3 Mar. 2014
By katherine munro - Published on
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I often buy classic works of literature for my kindle so that I can highlight great quotes, historical references, unknown words and so on. Having bought this text for university, I needed this functionality even more so. However at about 40% through, the text transformed in to one long hyperlink which lasted the rest of the book. This meant I couldn't make my own highlights any more, and had to create notes instead saying 'good quote' or 'look this phrase up for reference' etc. It was also very frustrating to read chapter upon chapter of underlined text.
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Serviceable translation 23 Feb. 2013
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This new translation is accessible to contemporary American college students. The introduction provides a context for the novel. There is not as much biographical information and parallels as in some other versions. The Kindle version has major problems with font changes.
3 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Technical glitch responsible for low rating 17 April 2012
By Christopher - Published on
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I love Werther, and was enjoying the translation, but suddenly the font changes sizes in one passage (when Werther is reprimanding the jealous young man, right after he's first befriended Lotte) then switches back. Even when I try to manipulate the font size, the disjunction between passages remain. Have no idea if such problems persist throughout the e-text because I stopped reading then. It's frustrating how many Kindle e-books of classics have various technical problems.
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