Lot #529
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe sends his criticism for review: “I could not ignore a major poetic talent”
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Goethe sends his criticism for review: “I could not ignore a major poetic talent”

Rare ALS in German, signed “J. W. v. Goethe,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9 x 10.25, November 26, 1827. Lengthy letter to writer, translator, and lawyer Adolf Friedrich Carl Streckfuss. In part (translated): “In the traveling post there is a shipment of some works, which, if you do not yet know them, should be delightful. Jessonda is already a few years old, but the French are only now beginning to be aware of it. I say nothing more about it: as that it may be regarded in any sense as an ultra-romantic poem; I could not read it a second time because my imagination and feelings hurt too much. However, I could not ignore a major poetic talent, with the ability and skill of convincing representations of varied situations. Of the epic poem I know of hardly anything to say.” In very good condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, repaired paper loss and tears to the right edge, and a few other small repaired tears and separations. It seems that Goethe was asking his friend Streckfuss to review these essays before publishing them in Art and Antiquity, a critical journal he published between 1816 and 1832. An intriguing letter with fine content. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #441 - Ended November 12, 2014

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