|199C||01||A Man Of His Time||19990823|
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.
|199C||02||Werther And The Suicide Cult||19990824|
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.
|199C||03||The Flight To Italy||19990825|
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.
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.
|199C||05||Echoes Of The East||19990827|
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.