Starting from the key question related to the ways of portraying “a true genius life”, Stefan Zweig wrote Goethe's biography between history and psychology in the masterfully condensed artist's story Die Marienbader Elegie (1923), which is one of the “most powerful” Sternstunden der Menschheit (1927). At the center of the story is the late, unhappy love of the old poet for the young Ulrike von Levetzow, or, more precisely, the origin of the beautiful Elegie of his age (1823), which Goethe saves through a new Werthersturm. Zweig concentrates the entire existence of the Olympian in a redeeming writing scene when the old master renounces Faustian rejuvenation and completes his life's work. The contribution focuses on Zweig's portrayal of the “mystery of creation” that the author sees in danger in the modern world and that contains for him a devastating, demonic element.
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