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The Sufferings of Young Werther: A New Translation by Stanley Corngold [Hardcover]

Johann Wolfgang Goethe , Stanley Corngold

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13 Jan 2012
A masterpiece of European imagination, The Sufferings of Young Werther is the classic Sturm und Drang tale of youthful angst and tragedy. The acclaimed translator Stanley Corngold brings new passion and precision to Goethe's timeless novel of obsessive love and madness in this magnificent new translation. Goethe's themes of unrequited love, the pain of rejection, deepening despair, and their tragic consequences are as relevant today as when the novel was first published in 1774. His hugely influential novel informed the writing of, among others, Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann.In translating The Sufferings of Young Werther, Corngold follows the German text closely, never knowingly using a word that was not current in English at the time the novel was written and yet maintaining a modern grace and flair. The result is an eagerly awaited translation that speaks to our time through the astonishing liveliness of Goethe's language as well through the translator's own.

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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: 2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,781,493 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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3.0 out of 5 stars 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I often buy classic works of literature for my kindle so that I can highlight great quotes, historical references, unknown words and so on.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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 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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