Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Classics & Modern Classics
Paperback Published on: 27/07/1978
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Synopsis

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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140442427
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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Elective Affinities
A German Heavyweight after Shakespeare.
Elective Affinities is a novella written by the German, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. Published in 1809, it uncovers the ebb and flow of relationships within... READ MORE
Mark Rothwell