Goe·the (gœtə), Johann Wolfgang von 1749-1832.
German writer and scientist. A master of poetry, drama, and the novel, he spent 50 years on his two-part dramatic poem Faust (published 1808 and 1832). He also conducted scientific research in various fields, notably botany, and held several governmental positions.
Goethe·an (-tē-ən) adj.
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