Postscript - A Goethe Celebration

five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of the great German poet and writer Goethe.

Episodes

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199C01A Man Of His Time19990823

Professor Nicholas Boyle, author of the definitive biography of Goethe, sets the poet's career in the context of the Germany in which he lived, beginning with his origins as a lawyer in Frankfurt, before his defining move to the Duchy of Weimar at the age of 02.

199C01A Man Of His Time19990823

Professor Nicholas Boyle, author of the definitive biography of Goethe, sets the poet's career in the context of the Germany in which he lived, beginning with his origins as a lawyer in Frankfurt, before his defining move to the Duchy of Weimar at the age of 02.

199C02Werther And The Suicide Cult19990824

The second of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

2: `Werther and the Suicide Cult'.

Goethe described his literary output as `fragments of a great confession', and perhaps nothing was so directly linked to events in his own life as his early novel `The Sorrows of Young Werther'.

Historian Philippa Gregory explores the potent influence of `Werther' on a whole generation of young European Romantics.

199C02Werther And The Suicide Cult19990824

The second of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

2: `Werther and the Suicide Cult'.

Goethe described his literary output as `fragments of a great confession', and perhaps nothing was so directly linked to events in his own life as his early novel `The Sorrows of Young Werther'.

Historian Philippa Gregory explores the potent influence of `Werther' on a whole generation of young European Romantics.

199C03The Flight To Italy19990825

The third of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

3: `The Flight to Italy'.

In 1786 Goethe left Weimar for a two-year visit to Italy, where he kept an extensive diary of his travels.

Professor Jim Reed has recently published a new edition of the Italian diaries.

Peter Eyre reads from them, with a commentary by Dr Reed.

199C03The Flight To Italy19990825

The third of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

3: `The Flight to Italy'.

In 1786 Goethe left Weimar for a two-year visit to Italy, where he kept an extensive diary of his travels.

Professor Jim Reed has recently published a new edition of the Italian diaries.

Peter Eyre reads from them, with a commentary by Dr Reed.

199C04Elective Affinities19990826

The fourth of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

4: `Elective Affinities'.

Author A S Byatt and biographer Jenny Uglow discuss Goethe's darkest and most enigmatic novel and its influence on later 19th-century writing.

199C04Elective Affinities19990826

The fourth of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

4: `Elective Affinities'.

Author A S Byatt and biographer Jenny Uglow discuss Goethe's darkest and most enigmatic novel and its influence on later 19th-century writing.

199C05Echoes Of The East19990827

The last of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

5: `Echoes of the East'.

Novelist Philip Hensher examines the collection of poems known as the `West-Ostlicher Divan', inspired by Goethe's discovery of the Orient in the works of the Persian poet Hafiz.

199C05Echoes Of The East19990827

The last of five programmes celebrating the 250th anniversary of Goethe's birth.

5: `Echoes of the East'.

Novelist Philip Hensher examines the collection of poems known as the `West-Ostlicher Divan', inspired by Goethe's discovery of the Orient in the works of the Persian poet Hafiz.