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The wiki is really sparse on german romanticism literature recommendations. Besides the obvious:
Goethe - Sorrows of young werther
Schiller - Die Zauberflöte / Der Handschuh / The Robbers
Joseph von Eichendorff - Diaries of a good for nothing
what would you recommend for german romanticism. I am thinking of authors like ETA Hoffmann, Heinrich Heine, kleist, etc.?
Do you have a favorite?
Is it really worth it to dive deep into Goethe such as Dichtung und Wahrheit, Italienische Reisen?

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It depends whether you're also interested in philosophical romanticism too, or exclusively interested in literary romanticism. Either way you will have to know the philosophy to some extent if you want to understand it. Isaiah Berlin's Roots of Romanticism is pretty good as a starting point and should have good citations. Manfred Frank's book, The Philosophical Roots of Early German Romanticism, is sort of standard. The Literary Absolute is kind of uneven but a standard citation.

Heine's famous The Romantic School is good. At least understanding Jena-Weimar romanticism and the Schlegels' and Goethe-Schiller's literary/critical collaborations is probably a good idea.

Goethe is also uneven. So is Schiller actually, and most of the philosophically interesting figures, because they're so experimental. Hence the famous fragmentary nature of so much of romantic writing. If you're going to read their works it helps to situate them biographically, which is itself a central philosophical insight of the romantics, the idea that anything (a work of art, a fact, a thought, an idea) has to be situated "organically" in its actual process of becoming, and can't be taken atomistically as a dead thing. Whereas Shakespeare for example is usually read by lay readers as a big collection of texts of more or less even quality and importance (the major ones anyway), so that a developmental reading of Shakespeare is less commonly recommended, I would strongly recommend a developmental reading of at least the Jena and Weimar romantics, and especially Goethe and Schiller.

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Thanks a lot.
I don't think I will be reading english language works on the period (I still appreciate the suggestions), but I'll take what you have stated to heart when approaching them.
Do you have any personal favorites than either are not part of the typical major works of the period or perhaps jsut one of the lesser known greats?

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