Goethe, Marianne & the Ginkgo

Siegfried Unseld

in Goethe & the Ginkgo

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780226841946
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226841953 | DOI:
Goethe, Marianne & the Ginkgo

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This chapter provides an account of how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gave a ginkgo leaf to Marianne Willemer on September 15, 1815. It explains that on this day that Goethe met with his friends, including Johann Jakob Willemer with his wife Marianne, and sent a ginkgo leaf with the idea “that I am single and twofold” to the latter. The chapter also suggests that Marianne provided inspiration for Goethe because it was after this event that the German writer completed West-östlicher Divan, the only full-length lyrical work that Goethe himself published during his lifetime.

Keywords: Goethe; Marianne Willemer; ginkgo leaf; Johann Jakob Willemer; West-östlicher Divan; lyrical work

Chapter.  10759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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