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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    (August 28, 1749-March 22, 1832)
    Wrote novels 'Die Leiden des jungen Werther (The Sorrows of Young Werther),' 'Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship),' 'Die Wahlverwandschaften (Elective Affinities)' and 'Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre (Wilhelm Meister's Travels)'
    Wrote dramas 'Götz von Berlichingen,' 'Iphigenie auf Tauris (Iphigenia in Tauris),' 'Egmont,' 'Torquato Tasso,' 'Faust Part 1' and 'Faust Part 2'
    Wrote poems 'Prometheus,' 'Der Erlkönig (The Erl King),' 'Römische Elegien (Roman Elegies),' 'Reineke Fuchs,' 'Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer's Apprentice)' and 'Hermann und Dorothea (Hermann and Dorothea)'
    Wrote non-fiction 'Versuch die Metamorphose der Pflanzen zu erklären (The Metamorphosis of Plants),' 'Zur Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors),' 'Aus meinem Leben. Dichtung und Wahrheit (From my life. Poetry and Truth)' and 'Italienische Reise (Italian journey)'
    He said: 'Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.'
    He wrote poetry.
    In fact, his poetry was the model for a German poetic movement called Innerlichkeit (introversion), which was represented by poets like Heinrich Heine.
    He practiced law in Wetzlar, Germany.
    He was the chief advisor of Karl August, Duke of Saxe-Weimar.
    Because of his prominence in literature (mainly German), he is widely quoted by many writers.
    His work 'Faust' created the concept of 'selling one's soul to the Devil,' which became a metaphor for victory of technology and industrialism and its human cost (we are seeing this today unfortunately).
    He originated of many ideas that became familiar in the modern world.
    His words inspired musical compositions from composers like Mozart and Beethoven.
    He was a key figure in the transition of Enlightenment to Romanticism.
    His closet drama 'Faust,' parts 1 and 2, was his masterpiece.
    He had a friendship with Friedrich Schiller.
    He fought against Napoleon in the Napoleonic Wars.
    He studied in universities at both Leipzig and Strasbourg.
    His discovery of human premaxilla jaw bones and early ideas on evolution inspired Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace to perfect the theory.
    He said: 'Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.'
    He was fascinated with minerals and had a mineral named after him (goethite).
    His poem 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' was successfully adapted by Walt Disney in his classic animated film 'Fantasia.'

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