~From Danse des Morts, Todten-Tanz, 1744~
A Heinous Book: The Sorrows of Young Werther
This inconspicuous looking text was the impetus behind a rash of suicides in the late 18th century. Written by Goethe, this epistolary novel followed the sorrows of a young man whose true love is betrothed to another. The book accounts the man’s decent into depression and ultimately suicide.