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Book Information: Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities (1809) [Novel]
by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Baron Eduard and his second wife Charlotte enjoy a quiet, humdrum existence in their opulent castle, but when he invites his friend the Captain and she invites her niece Ottilie to stay with them, their lives are turned inside out as both hosts begin to feel attracted to their guests. Using one of the chemical theories of the time as a metaphor throughout the novel, Goethe juxtaposes social interactions with scientific principles and illustrates the typically Romantic concern of the individual coming to terms with society.

The novel asks whether we have free will or not; more disturbingly, it confronts its characters with the monstrous consequences of their repression of any real life in themselves. It seems they are sunk so far in convention, fear, and unnaturalness that a real life, or even the beginnings of one, must appear to them as something terrible and destructive.

Original title: Die Wahlverwandtschaften
Original languages: German

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: David Constantine
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Manifested in:

Elective Affinities (March 1999)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford World's Classics
ISBN: 0192837761
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.5 x 0.6 in
Pages: 272

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Edition #2: Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities (1971)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: R. J. Hollingdale
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Elective Affinities (October 26, 1978)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0140442421
Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 x 1 in
Pages: 304

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Edition #3: Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities (1963)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Elizabeth Mayer Louise Bogan
Introduction by: Victor Lange
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Elective Affinities (1963)

Place of publication: Chicago
Publisher: Henry Regnery Co.
Pages: 305

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Edition #4: Kindred by Choice

Kindred by Choice (1960)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: H. M. Waidson
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Elective Affinities (May 2009)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld Classics
ISBN: 9781847490988
Pages: 220

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Edition #5: Elective Affinities




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