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Birth and Education Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was brought into the world on August 28th 1749 in Frankfurt Germany His father was a well-respected German who at the time was wealthy educated and of high social class His mother was the progeny of the councilor Textor His mother inspired Goethe by making up stories as a child In some ways this sparked the beginning of his career Encarta 2 Goethes father as a man of power sought for him to receive the best education possible Goethe was provided a private teacher who lived with the Goethes At the age of eight years Goethe was able to read and write at elementary level in the German French Italian Greek and Latin languages His childhood provided him with the independence and maturity that stayed with him throughout his intellectual life Boyle 1 Goethe was inspired by literature music and poetry It was a way for him to express his emotions and feelings as he was only a child and did not know otherwise how to express them At the early age of twelve Goethe co-wrote a romantic novel in which there were seven brothers each of whom spoke a different language Goethe was already influenced by his private teachers Goethe became the hero of Frankfurt as his intellectual powers seemed to have no end His father however was not in high spirits regarding his son as he was fearful that the public would look more favorably upon his son not himself Encarta 3 In the middle of his teenage years Goethe was sent off to the University of Leipsig where he was to study the theory of law at his fathers request Goethe did not favor logic and public speaking He continued to pursue his studies however they focused primarily on sociological issues Goethe set aside his studies and imagined that he was in love with a mistress three years older than himself During the
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