The Genius of Goethe with Tom Mills

The Genius of Goethe with Tom Mills


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Join this seminar to look at the life of Germany's greatest thinker, Goethe. We will explore not just the events of his life but also his letters and his masterpieces to understand the real man.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is German’s foremost genius. A true man of the Enlightenment he was fascinated by geology, color, botany, anatomy, and almost anything and everything. Today he is most celebrated as a writer, during his life his works were revolutionary, pushing the bounds of what literature could achieve.

In this conversation, we will discuss Goethe’s life from his humble beginnings in Frankfurt and how his early love of Shakespeare pushed him towards the arts. Offered a post by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar Goethe would move to Weimar which he helped turn into the cultural capital of the German world. During the course of his life, Goethe would travel widely, meet the great statesmen and thinkers of his day. He would see revolution, war, publish scientific papers, and pondered evolution long before Darwin. Besides the public persona, we will also look at his personal life, from his scandalous relationship with Christiane Vulpius to his deep friendship with Schiller and why he was known as a heathen.

There will also be a discussion about his genius as a writer, from first his masterpiece The Sorrows of Young Werther to hauntingly beautiful poems like the Elf King and the terrifying play Faust. Undoubtedly the finest collection of works in the German language.

Led by an expert on German history Thomas Mills, this interactive seminar will examine the genius of Goethe. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the man, his times, and German culture.

Tom Mills was born in Wolverhampton in the heart of England before studying History and Archaeology at Bangor University. Emerging with an MA he worked as an archaeologist and afterward a historic conservator for the National Trust. Moving to Munich in 2012 he began a career as a tour guide and many years later is still there.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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A Genius' Life and Works in 75 Minutes

It's no easy trick summarizing the life and work of The Genius Goethe in 75 minutes, but Tom Mills did an admirable job. His presentation gave us all the information we needed to spotlight Goethe's boundless talent and genius. Informative, enjoyable. Left me with a thirst to dig deeper into the mind of one of history's greatest writers and thinkers.

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Mr. Mills has such exuberance for this, his excitement pulls you in as I wasn't a Goethe fan until now!

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J.W.
Not Meeting a Challenge

Mr. Mills piles a good deal of biographical information into his necessarily rapid survey of an icon of the German-speaking world, but it left me unsatisfied. Rapidly reading three poems in translation does not, for my money, constitute an analysis of the poet's greatness. His presentation appears to have been prepared in a considerable hurry--misspellings and skipped misplaced or omitted punctuation abound.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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A.W.
A Genius' Life and Works in 75 Minutes

It's no easy trick summarizing the life and work of The Genius Goethe in 75 minutes, but Tom Mills did an admirable job. His presentation gave us all the information we needed to spotlight Goethe's boundless talent and genius. Informative, enjoyable. Left me with a thirst to dig deeper into the mind of one of history's greatest writers and thinkers.

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Guest did not leave comment

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N.S.
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Mr. Mills has such exuberance for this, his excitement pulls you in as I wasn't a Goethe fan until now!

J
J.W.
Not Meeting a Challenge

Mr. Mills piles a good deal of biographical information into his necessarily rapid survey of an icon of the German-speaking world, but it left me unsatisfied. Rapidly reading three poems in translation does not, for my money, constitute an analysis of the poet's greatness. His presentation appears to have been prepared in a considerable hurry--misspellings and skipped misplaced or omitted punctuation abound.