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Goethe the Alchemist Ronald Douglas Gray

Goethe the Alchemist By Ronald Douglas Gray

Goethe the Alchemist by Ronald Douglas Gray


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This 1952 study details Goethe's youthful readings in alchemy, showing how these influences were processed and transformed into Goethe's poetic and scientific accounts of reality. It will interest readers of German literature, and anyone interested in the history and evolution of mysticism.

Goethe the Alchemist Summary

Goethe the Alchemist: A Study of Alchemical Symbolism in Goethe's Literary and Scientific Works by Ronald Douglas Gray

In his autobiography, Goethe half-apologetically admits the youthful enthusiasm he experienced for alchemical and mystical readings: Georg von Welling's obscure Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum and the anonymously published Aurea Catena Homeri, as well as works by Paracelsus, Basilis Valentinus and van Helmont. Originally published in 1952, this study shows how the symbols and concepts of alchemy played a key role in the genesis of Goethe's later works, both scientific and literary. Author of, among other books on German literature, Goethe: A Critical Introduction (1967) and An Introduction to German Poetry (1965), Ronald D. Gray details Goethe's alchemical readings, and shows how these influences were processed and transformed into a unique blend of scientific and poetic accounts of reality. Unprecedented in its approach, this study will be of interest to readers of German literature, as well as to anyone interested in the history and evolution of mysticism.

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Alchemy: 1. Alchemy; 2. Jacob Boehme and alchemy; 3. From alchemy to science; Part II. Science: 4. The metamorphosis of plants; 5. The theory of colours; 6. Anatomy, geology and meteorology; Part III. Life and Literature: 7. The Marchen; 8. Centre and circle; 9. Homunculus; 10. Male and female; 11. Conclusion; References; Books and articles consulted; Index.

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NLS9781108015288
9781108015288
110801528X
Goethe the Alchemist: A Study of Alchemical Symbolism in Goethe's Literary and Scientific Works by Ronald Douglas Gray
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-06-17
332
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