Why Goethe?

Goethe is the centre of German literary culture, the greatest single German writer across all the genres, a scientist whose ideas are again found relevant in modern research, and an endless source of intellectual stimulus. Reception and reaction still keep him in the forefront of the German national consciousness, and he has a keen following all over the world.

The English Goethe Society, founded in 1886, exists to further and focus that interest as its British centre. It holds five meetings a year at the University of Londonís Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies to hear papers on Goethe and his age and a variety of other aspects of German literature and thought. Our journal, the Publications of the English Goethe Society, appearing three times a year, makes those papers more widely available and is also open to submitted essays. The Society holds an annual essay competition for young and more established scholars, on themes ranging from Goethe to Thomas Mann. There is a biennial Thomas Mann lecture endowed by the late Ida Herz.

The Society warmly welcomes new members to add to the richness of its discussions. For information on becoming a member, click here.

Last updated 4 July 2013
by SD.