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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...extreme solicitude about his poem, his troubles with the critics and with the physicians--all this and more Goethe found in one or the other of his authorities. Of Antonio little is historical but his name. There is in the Goethe archives at Weimar a manuscript of STaffo, in which the character is called Giambatista Pigna. This manuscript has been corrected by Goethe's hand, the name Pigna erased, and Antonio Montecatino put in its place. Pigna was Alphonso's secretary during the first decade of Tasso's residence at Ferrara (1565-1575). He was highly esteemed, according to Serassi, as orator, phi For this information the editor is indebted to private advices from Dr. Bernhard Suphan, Director of the Goethe-Archives at Weimar. losopher, and poet, and became Tasso's poetic rival. In 1575 he died and was succeeded by Montecatino, who was no poet, but a philosopher. Serassi's notices of Montecatino are very meagre. He speaks of him as a man of great learning and talent, who, however, became jealous of Tasso, and in time the head of a sort of conspiracy against him. Tasso himself, as appears from some of his extant letters, regarded Montecatino as one of his most malignant enemies. Of an actual quarrel between the two, however, we hear nothing in the authorities, any more than of Montecatino's diplomatic mission or skill in statecraft. His services to the house of Ferrara seem to have been of a much more equivocal character than appears in Goethe's drama. At least he did not long remain in favor at court, and Muratori expressly charges him with having betrayed the house of Este to Clement VHI.f Serassi relates that in 1587, Montecatino, at that time out of favor, dedicated one of his published works to Tasso, whereupon the latter politely...
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The German poet, novelist, playwright, courtier, scientist, and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) ranks among the greatest authors of Western literature. His best known writings include "The Sorrows of Young Werther" (his first novel) and "Faust" (a drama in two parts).
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