Excerpt from Conversations of Goethe, Vol. 1 of 2: With Eckermann and Soret Any introduction referring to the subject of this book would be superfluous. It records the opinions, on the most varied topics, of one of the greatest literary geniuses of the present century, during the last ten years of a very long life. Goethe was born in August 1749, and died in March 1832, so that his age is seventy-three when the Conversations begin, and eighty-two when they terminate. However, the form in which this translation is presented to the English public requires a short explanation. In 1836, John Peter Eckermann, who gives a full account of himself in the Introduction (vol. i. p. 13), published, in two volumes, his Conversations with Goethe. In 1848, he published a third volume, containing additional Conversations, which he compiled from his own tes, and from that of ather friend of Goethe's, M. Soret, of whom there is a short account in the Preface to the Third or Supplemental volume (vol. i. p. 6). About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.