"For more than two centuries the very title of this book has evoked the sensitivity of youth, the suffering of the artist, the idea of a hero too full of love to live. When it was first published in Germany, in 1774, The Sorrows of Young Werther created a sensation. Banned and condemned but embraced - especially by the young - it has continued to captivate." "Now Burton Pike's startlingly new translation expresses as never before all the anguish, ideas, and ardor of this seminal, iconic novel. And his Introduction reveals both Goethe's inspirations and his influence - on works ranging from Madame Bovary to Frankenstein and beyond."--BOOK JACKET.