Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1749 - 1832

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, and critic. His works include plays, poetry, literature and aesthetic criticism, and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. He is considered to be the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.Goethe took up residence in Weimar in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has received more than 5,202,553 page views. His biography is available in 176 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 172 in 2019). Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is the 4th most popular writer, the 8th most popular biography from Germany (down from 6th in 2019) and the most popular German Writer.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is most famous for his novel, Faust. The novel tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for power and knowledge.

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Among writers, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ranks 4 out of 5,794Before him are William Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, and Homer. After him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hans Christian Andersen, Voltaire, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Among people born in 1749, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ranks 1After him are Edward Jenner, Pierre-Simon Laplace, Christian VII of Denmark, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, Nicolas Appert, Domenico Cimarosa, Yolande de Polastron, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe, Daniel Rutherford, and Abraham Gottlob Werner. Among people deceased in 1832, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ranks 1After him are Napoleon II, Jeremy Bentham, Jean-François Champollion, Évariste Galois, Walter Scott, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Georges Cuvier, Jean-Baptiste Say, Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, and Friedrich Kuhlau.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ranks 8 out of 5,289Before him are Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), Albert Einstein (1879), Martin Luther (1483), Karl Marx (1818), Johannes Gutenberg (1394), and Friedrich Nietzsche (1844). After him are Albrecht Dürer (1471), Otto von Bismarck (1815), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Richard Wagner (1813), George Frideric Handel (1685), and Peter Paul Rubens (1577).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ranks 1After him are Anne Frank (1929), Thomas Mann (1875), Hermann Hesse (1877), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Bertolt Brecht (1898), Charles Bukowski (1920), Heinrich Heine (1797), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Heinrich Böll (1917), Novalis (1772), and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729).