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Siegfried Unseld

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226841946

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226841953.001.0001

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Goethe, Marianne & the Ginkgo

Goethe, Marianne & the Ginkgo

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Goethe & the Ginkgo

Siegfried Unseld

University of Chicago Press

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

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