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Johann Peter Eckermann 21 September — 3 December , German poet and author, is best known for his work Conversations with Goethe , the fruit of his association with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe during the last years of Goethe's life. Eckermann was born at Winsen Luhe in Harburg , of humble parentage, and was brought up in penury and privation. After serving as a volunteer in the War of Liberation — , he obtained a secretarial appointment under the war department at Hanover. Soon afterwards he went to Weimar , where he supported himself as a private tutor.

For several years he also instructed the son of the grand duke. In he travelled in Italy with Goethe's son. In he was given the title of grand-ducal councillor and appointed librarian to the grand-duchess. Eckermann is chiefly remembered for his important contributions to the knowledge of the great poet contained in his Conversations with Goethe — To Eckermann Goethe entrusted the publication of his Nachgelassene Schriften posthumous works — He was also joint-editor with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer — of the complete edition of Goethe's works in 40 vols — He died at Weimar on 3 December See J.

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It was first released in two volumes in and substantially augmented with the addition of another volume in Eckermann published the book at a time when Goethe's popularity was diminishing in Germany, and the book initially sold poorly there. It rapidly became very popular among international readers and subsequently played an important role in reviving interest in and appreciation of Goethe's work both in Germany and around the world. Some editions go so far as to publish the book as Conversations with Eckermann , with Goethe listed as the author.



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