Poetry and Destiny: Werther's Italian fortune

24 May-20 Sept. The Casa di Geothe presents an exhibition dedicated to The Sorrows of Young Werther, a loosely autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774.

Written in a matter of weeks, the story was inspired by Goethe's unrequited love for Charlotte Buff.

The book turned the 24-year-old writer into an overnight literary celebrity and prompted the youth of the day to dress like Werther - blue tailcoat and canary yellow waistcoat.

The Rome exhibition, curated by museum director Maria Gazzetti, tells the publishing story of the German novel through editions and illustrations from German museums and libraries, as well as examining the book's influence on Italian literature.

For full details see Casa di Goethe website.

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Poetry and Destiny: Werther's Italian fortune

Via del Corso, 18, 00186 Roma RM, Italia