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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on August 281749 in Frankfurt am Main In his early teen years he had already learnt the languages of German French Italian English Latin and Yiddish In his free time he would write plays and poems for all occasions At age sixteen he was sent to the University of Leipzig by his father to study law He studied there from 1765 to 1768 He lost interest in the legal system and developed an interest in literature He also became acquainted with the dramatic works then It is said that the most important advances Goethe made he made in Leipzig His first play was done while he was here It was Die Laune des Verliebten The Wayward Lover His second play was Die Mitschuldigen Fellow Culprits was written soon after he went back to Frankfurt when his health took a turn for the worse At Frankfurt he studied occult philosophy astrology and alchemy Through the influence of his mother Susanne Katharina von Klettenberg Goethe gained some insight into religious mysteries From 1770 to 1771 he went back to Stasbourg to continue his study of law in addition he took up the study of music art anatomy and chemistry These seventeen months in Strasbourg are usually identified as one of the major turning points in his career Strasbourg was more German culturally than Leipzig and this affected Goethe in a good way This was visible immediately in the grace power and freedom of the folksong like poems such as Mailied Maysong and Willkommen zum Abschied Welcome and Farewell In September 1771 Goethe returned to Frankfurt to begin a law career but instead to begin the most visible literary career in German history Goethe began to practice law having a seat on the supreme court of the Holy Roman Empire In 1775 he became engaged to Anna Elisabeth Lili Schoeneman the daughter of wealthy banker Although it inspired some wonderful
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