Meet the Author: David Dollenmayer

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
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FLIP Space, 3rd floor

"(Re)writing Goethe: Translating Rüdiger Safranski's Biography of the Greatest German Poet"

Join us at Gordon Library to hear Prof. David Dollenmayer discuss his recent translation of Rudiger Safranski's Goethe: Life as a Work of Art.  

An informal reception with light refreshments will follow the book talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


About the translator:

David Dollenmayer is emeritus professor of German at WPI, where he taught German language, literature, and culture from 1988 to 2014. Since 2005, he has also been active as a translator of German fiction and non-fiction. His most recent translation is the biography Goethe: Life as a Work of Art by Rüdiger Safranski. He lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts where he currently enjoys snowshoeing with his dog Charlie and cooking with his wife, Linda Pape.


About the Book: 

The work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has reverberated through two and a half centuries, altering the course of literature in ways both grand and intimate. He was an astoundingly prolific writer, a master of many genres, from poetry to scientific treatises, from novels like the tragic Sorrows of Young Werther to dramatic works like Faust. Indeed, Goethe’s unparalleled literary output would come to define the Romantic age.

Rüdiger Safranski’s Goethe: Life as a Work of Art is the first definitive biography in a generation to tell the larger-than-life story of the writer considered to be the Shakespeare of German literature. Drawing upon the trove of letters, diaries, and notebooks Goethe left behind, as well as correspondence and criticism from Goethe’s contemporaries, Safranski weaves a rich tale of Europe in the throes of revolution and of the man whose ideas heralded a new era.

- W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.


"Scholars will welcome this intellectual biography, richly embellished by primary sources and aided by the strong Dollenmayer translation." - Publisher's Weekly


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