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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Johann Wolfgang Goethe, IPA: [gøːtə], later von Goethe, (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German polymath: he was a , , , , , , , and, for ten years, chief minister of state for the duchy of Weimar.

Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; this movement coincides with , (“Empfindsamkeit”), , and . The author of Faust and Theory of Colours, he inspired Charles Darwin with his discovery of the human intermaxillary jaw bones and focus on evolutionary ideas. Goethe’s influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a primary source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry, and philosophy. He is widely considered to be one of the most important thinkers in Western culture, and is often cited as one of history’s greatest geniuses.

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