Wilhelm Meister

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Translated by H.M. Waidson

ISBN: 9781847498458

880 pages

RRP: £12.99 £10.39

Seduced by the chimerical world of the theatre and taking upon himself the grand ambition of becoming a successful performer and dramatist, the merchant’s son Wilhelm Meister embarks on a tumultuous quest of self-discovery. Along his path he finds himself having to negotiate love, desire and the need to face up to his own past and responsibilities.

A landmark in the history of European literature, Goethe’s novel is not only one of the key works of Weimar Classicism and the prototype for the Bildungs­roman genre, but also a timeless tale of coming into one’s own and a fascinating portrayal of the late-eighteenth-century theatre world.



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  • One of the most influential literary works of the early nineteenth century.

    The Independent

  • To read Wilhelm Meister for the first time is an enviable and almost unique sensation.

    Henry James

  • All the great European modernists are in his debt.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe (1749–1832) was one of the greatest German writers and the leader of the Weimar Classicism movement. Most famous for his seminal poetic drama, Faust, and his novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe was also a poet, theologian, philosopher and scientist – one of the world’s last great polymaths.