The Sorrows of Young Werther
I have carefully collected whatever I have been able to learn of the story of poor Werther, and here present it to you, know- ing that you will thank me for it. To his spirit and character you cannot refuse your admiration and love: to his fate you will not deny your tears.
And thou, good soul, who sufferest the same distress as he endured once, draw comfort from his sorrows; and let this l i t t l e b o o k b e t h y f r i e n d , i f , o w i n g t o f o r t u n e o r t h r o u g h
thine own fault, thou canst not find a dearer companion.
J.W. von Goethe
Translated by R.D. Boylan Edited by Nathen Haskell Dole