Goethe and Schiller

Goethe and Schiller

Rüdiger Safranski

A friendship is a work of art: Rüdiger Safranski on a magic moment in German intellectual history

Each man said the other was the most important person in his life. It was very much an attraction of opposites: Goethe’s intuition and profound emotionality, Schiller’s keen intellect and tenacious willpower – one trusted in nature, the other invested his faith in freedom. Schiller penned his classical dramas and brought them to the stage with Goethe’s help; Goethe entered a second period of youthful creativity thanks to Schiller. And, propelled
by the exhilaration of their collaborative relationship, the two friends began work on the Xenien, a collection of satirical epigrams, with which they reprimanded the German literary establishment.

In this joint biography, Rüdiger Safranski doesn’t dodge the ambivalence inherent in their relationship: although Schiller admired Goethe, he also envied and despised him. Goethe, for his part, viewed Schiller’s meteoric rise to fame as a threat to his own position. And, in the end, Goethe created a memorial to his great friend with the publication of their correspondence, and by re-interring his corpse in the Weimar ducal vault – an act that also benefited his own posthumous reputation. There is no doubt that the friendship between these men was a pinnacle of German intellectual history.


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selamawit Bitow
19.03.2010

Ich habe das Buch selber zu Hause und ich habe es selbstverständlich auch gelesen, und muss sagen dieses Buch ist so voller tollen Aspekten und Informationen über diese zwei, die ich persönlich sehr bewundere, Dichter. Ich möchte auch an Rüdiger Safranski ein Feedback überreichen, und zwar habe ich schon fast alle Bücher von Safranski gelesen und bin einfach nur begeistert darüber, also einfach nur Hut ab (; !!!


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