Author(s): Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Presented as a collection of confessional letters written by the eponymous protagonist, The Sorrows of Young Werther charts the emotional journey of a young man who, during a stay in a picturesque German village, falls in love with Lotte, a local woman engaged to another man. As he realizes that his passion is doomed to failure and constant pain, Werther contemplates taking the most drastic measures.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German polymath, whose works spanned the fields of literature, theology and science. He is best known for his drama Faust, and was a key figure in nineteenth-century German literature.