a sensitive young man falls in love with Lotte, a sweet-natured girl he meets
while visitng an idyllic German village. Although Lotte is betrothed to Albert,
Werther’s infatuation with her torments him to the point of despair and
suicide. The book, consisting almost entirely of letters written by Werther to
his friend Wilhelm, was an immediate success and developed a large cult
following, resulting in copycat suicides.
Based on Goethe’s unrequited love for Charlotte Buff, it is the
first great “confessional” novel and turned Goethe into one of the first international
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