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Author Holm-Hadulla, Rainer Matthias, 1951- author.

Title Goethe's path to creativity : a psycho-biography of the eminent politician, scientist and poet / Rainer Matthias Holm-Hadulla ; translated by Deanna Stewart
Edition 1st
Published London : Routledge, 2018


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Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Goethe's path to creativity; PART I:Goethe's life and work; 1. Childhood and youth: Frankfurt, 1749-1765; Goethe's mother; Goethe's father; Goethe's sister Cornelia; Goethe's physical surroundings; Goethe's rearing and education; Psychological traumata and physical illnesses; First love: Gretchen; 2. Crises during his student days: Leipzig, 1765-1768; Note; 3. Return to the family home: Frankfurt, 1768-1770; 4. Flight from love: Strasbourg, 1770-1771; Notes
5. Refuge at home again: Frankfurt, 1771-17726. Passion and renunciation: Wetzlar, 1772; 7. Period of genius: Frankfurt, 1772-1775; Notes; 8. Early dramas: Reflection of Goethe's emotional conflicts; Prometheus; Clavigo; Stella; Urfaust; Note; 9. Period of maturity: Weimar, 1775-1786; Iphigenia in Tauris and Torquato Tasso; Note; 10. Rebirth in Italy, 1786-1788; 11. His great love and public influence: Weimar, 1788-1805; Goethe as a natural scientist and researcher; Notes; 12. Political changes and new passions: 1806-1823; 13. Love in old age and late creativity: 1821-1832
PART II:Creativity, art of living, and illness14. Life as creative self-realization: The Wilhelm Meister project; Wilhelm Meister's Theatrical Mission; Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship; Wilhelm Meister's Travels; 15. Goethe's creativity from the perspective of modern creativity research; Talent; Knowledge and ability; Motivation; Personality traits; Environmental conditions supporting creativity; Creative work; 16. Goethe's creative art of living and self-treatment strategies; 17. Goethe's creative bipolarity and "healthy illness"; PART III:Goethe's legacy; 18. Goethe's late poem Legacy; Note
19. Goethe's final letter20. Goethe's "inner fairytale": The psychological messages of Faust II; Bibliography; Index
Summary Goethe's Path to Creativity provides a comprehensive psycho-biography of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a giant of modern German and European literary, political, and scientific history. The book brings this influential work by Rainer Matthias Holm-Hadulla to the English language for the first time in a newly elaborated edition. Goethe's path to creativity was difficult and beset by a multitude of crises, beginning with his birth, which was so difficult that he was initially not thought to have survived it, and ending with an infatuation that left him, at the age of 74, toying with the same kind of suicidal thoughts he had entertained as a 20-year-old. Throughout his long life, he suffered bitter disappointments and was subject to severe mood swings. Despite being a gifted child, a widely recognized poet, and an influential scientist and politician, he spent his entire life loving and suffering; nonetheless, he had the exceptional ability to endure emotional pain and to transform his sufferings creatively. The way in which he mined his passions for creative impulses continues to inspire modern readers. Readers can apply the lessons they have learned from his life and use Goethe's strategies for their own creative art of living. Goethe's Path to Creativity: A Psycho-Biography of the Eminent Politician, Scientist and Poet will be of great interest to all engaged in the fields of creativity, literature, psychoanalysis, psychology, psychotherapy, and personal growth
Notes Translated from the German
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Subject Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832 -- Psychology
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832
Authors, German -- 18th century -- Biography
Authors, German -- 19th century -- Biography
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Authors, German
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Stewart, Deanna, translator
ISBN 9780429860997
Other Titles Leidenschaft, Goethes Weg zur Kreativit├Ąt. English
Path to creativity