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Elective Affinities (Penguin Classics)

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Book Details
  • Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
  • Published: 1978-10-26
  • Edition: Reprint
Eduard and Charlotte are an aristocratic couple who live a harmonious but idle life in their estate. But the peace of their existence is thrown into chaos when two visitors – Eduard’s friend the Captain and Charlotte’s passionate young ward Ottilie – provoke unexpected attraction and forbidden love. Taking its title from the principle of elective affinities – the theory that certain chemicals are naturally drawn to one another – this is a penetrating study of marriage and adultery. Inspired by Goethe’s own conflicting loyalties as he battled to maintain his relationship with his wife and control his feelings for a younger woman, Elective Affinities is one of the greatest works of the romance era: a rich exploration of love, conflict, and the inescapable force of fate.