Eckermann, Johann Peter


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Eckermann, Johann Peter

(yōhän` pā`tər ĕk`ərmän), 1792–1854, German scholar and author. He assisted Goethe in various literary labors, was professor of English and German at the Univ. of Jena, and later was librarian at Weimar. His Conversations with Goethe (1836–48, tr. 1850), which quotes the poet at length, is an invaluable biographical document.

Eckermann, Johann Peter

 

Born Sept. 21,1792, in Winsen, Bavaria; died Dec. 3, 1854, in Weimar. German literary figure. Secretary and friend of Goethe.

From 1821 to 1823, Eckermann studied literature and aesthetics at the University of Göttingen. His Conversations With Goethe in the Last Years of His Life (parts 1–3, 1837–48; first abridged Russian translation, 1891; complete translation, 1934) is more complete and of higher literary quality than any other memoir about the poet. Eckermann put Goethe’s archives into order and prepared his works for publication. He was also the author of lyric poems, which were published in collections in 1821 and 1838.

REFERENCES

Asmus, V. “Gete v ’Razgovorakh’ Ekkermana.” In the collection Voprosy teorii i istorii estetiki. Moscow, 1968.
Houben, H. H. Johann Peter Eckermann: Sein Leben für Goethe, vols. 1–2. Leipzig, 1925–28.
Fürnberg, L. “Rede zu Eckermanns hundertstem Todestag.” In his Reden und Aufsätze. Berlin-Weimar, 1971.
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