|In 1749 Johann W. von Goethe was born in this small building in the city of Frankfurt. Goethe was one of the paramount figures of German literature and European Neo-Classicism. |
Goethe, born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany,
(28 August 1749 ľ 22 March 1832) was a German novelist, dramatist, humanist, scientist, philosopher, and for ten years chief minister of state at Weimar.
Considered a brilliant writer, Goethe was one of the paramount figures of German literature and European Neo-classicism and Romanticism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The author of Faust and Theory of Colours, he inspired Darwin with his independent discovery of the human premaxilla jaw bones and focus on evolution. Goethe's influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a primary source of inspiration in music, drama, and poetry.
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