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Goethe and Anna Amalia: A Forbidden Love?


In this study Ghibellino sets out to show that the platonic relationship between Goethe and Charlotte von Stein - lady-in-waiting to Anna Amalia, the Dowager Duchess of Weimar - was used as part of a cover-up for Goethe's intense and prolonged love relationship with the Duchess Anna Amalia herself. The book attempts to uncover a hitherto closely guarded state secret. Readers convinced by the evidence supporting Ghibellino's hypothesis will see in it one of the very great love stories in European history - to rank with that of Dante and Beatrice, and Petrarch and Laura.

List of Illustrations – Translator’s Preface – Introduction – The State Secret – Anna Amalia and Charlotte von Stein – Beginnings – Rise and Fall of a State Minister – Flight to Italy: ‘Oh, What an Error!’– Italy: ‘The Turning Point’ – Tasso: ‘A Dangerous Undertaking’ – Anna Amalia: An Outstanding Woman – David Heinrich Grave: A Human Catastrophe – Deception: Letters to ‘Frau von Stein’ – Frau von Stein’s Literary Works – Love Poetry: Belonging to One Alone– Wilhelm Meister: ‘There is Life in It’ – Epilogue: ‘All for Love’ – Bibliography– Abbreviations– Endnotes—Index.