January 19, 1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust:  The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance.  (German: Faust. Eine Tragödie or Faust. Der Tragödie erster Teil) is the first part of Goethe’s Faust. It was first published in 1808.

Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of meters and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic; treatises on botany, anatomy, and color; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him are extant. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl-August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement.

The stamp shown here is one of many examples of stamps from many countries honoring this literary giant.  It was issued in 1945 by the postal service Briefpost under the French Occupation in Germany just following World War II.  This occupation lasted until 1947, during which 13 stamps were issued.  The regions under French occupation would later become Baden, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saar and Württemberg.

Goethe - French offices in Germany


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