Truth and poetry: from my own life; or, The autobiography of Goethe.
Ed. by Parke Godwin.
|Main Author:||Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832.|
|Related Names:||Dwight, John Sullivan 1813-1893., tr., Dana, Charles A. 1819-1897., tr., Hopkins, John Henry 1820-1891., tr., Godwin, Parke. 1816-1904, ed. and tr.|
New York, G.P. Putnam, 1850.
Of the projected translations mentioned in the editor's note at end of pt.iv ("Annals, or Day and year book", "Italian journey", "Correspondence with Schiller and Zelter") none appears to have come out. Calvert's translation of the "Correspondence between Schiller and Goethe", v.1 of which was published in 1845 by Wiley and Putnam, remained unfinished.
In the "Preface to the second edition" (vol. I p. [v]-xi) the editor calls attention to the fact that the English translation by J. Oxenford, London, H.G. Bohn, 1848, is "not a new translation at all, but a bold appropriation of the American version ... that the main difference between the two editions consists in the occasional reconstruction or transposition of a sentence, while the great body of the work, in tone, manner, and style, is entirely unchanged".
The first part is translated by the editor; the second, by John Henry Hopkins, jr.; third, by Charles A. Dana, and fourth, by John S. Dwight. cf. Advertisement, pt,II, and editor's note, pt.iv, at end.
Each volume in 2 parts, paged separately; a half-title "Part second" precedes the second and the fourth part. The motto of the first part in the original edition, ... ,appears on the t.-p. of each of the volumes, the three other mottos are omitted.
Second edition (Lowndes' Manual (1869) quotes an edition, "Autobiography, tr. by Parke Godwin, Boston, 1847").
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