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Name a better German author.
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protip: i can't

GOAThe desu.
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Let the Greek mould his clay

To the forms he’s planned,

And take increasing pleasure

In the product of his hands:
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nah he's GGAOAT
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>>7664547
2 Ghoethes
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>>7664547
Rainer Maria Rilke, according to Gass.
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>>7664547
Actually impossible.
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>>7664570
sounds like he's full of gas

The problem is the question is akin to asking "name a better Italian author than Dante" - it's literally impossible since Dante and Goethe are, for all practical purposes, the source of their respective nations' literary traditions.
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>>7664580
better =/= greater
are you actually saying the student can't surpass the master?
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‘There was a king in Thule, he

Was faithful, to the grave,

To whom his dying lady

A golden goblet gave.

He valued nothing greater:

At every feast it shone:

His tears were brimming over,

When he drank there-from.

When he himself was dying

No towns did he with-hold,

No wealth his heir denying,

Except the cup of gold.

He gave a royal banquet,

His knights around him, all,

In his sea-girt turret,

In his ancestral hall.

There the old king stood, yet,

Drinking life’s last glow:

Then threw the golden goblet

Into the waves below.

He saw it falling, drowning,

Sinking in the sea,

Then, his eyelids closing,

Never again drank he.’
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Schiller

And since you asked for authors, not just fiction writers:

Herder
Hegel
Nietzsche
Schmitt
Heidegger
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>>7664590
Oh and Holderlin too
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>>7664580
Speaking literally, he probably is (just look at him). But considering the fact that he is, for one, an amazing writer himself and, for two, better read than every single person on this board, I'm inclined to believe him.
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>>7664590
You really think Schiller is better than Goethe? Why?
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>>7664590
>Hegel
>superior to Goethe

I don't believe you.
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>>7664547
Probably not superior, but is in the same category.
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>>7664598
His theoretical writings are undoubtedly superior - Goethe never wrote anything as enduring and insightful as Schiller's Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man. I also think Schiller was a more consistently successful dramatist - little by Goethe other than Faust interests me, but a number of Schiller's dramas (particularly Wilhelm Tell, Mary Stuart, and the Wallenstein plays) are of great interest.

Of course direct comparison is difficult because Schiller never wrote anything comprable to Wilhelm Meister or Young Wether.
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Sup fags
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>>7664613
What do you think of Goethe's short poems?
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Heidegger
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>>7664680

>le dasein meme
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I only read the Mountain Goethe
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>>7664547
Kafka
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>>7664740
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Name another German author.
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>>7664765
tHIS.
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>>7664547
Pic related. Spooks BTFO.
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>>7664765
albert camus
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>>7664765
Me.
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>>7664797
Not German
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Lets be honest, Heinrich Heine is the true german GOAT.
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>>7664895
this tbqh
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>>7664589
Goethe was a funny guy

Faust (Dancing with the lovely young witch.)
A lovely dream once came to me,
And there I saw an apple-tree,
Two lovely apples, there, did shine, 4130
Tempting me so, I had to climb.
The Young Witch
Apples you love a lot, I know,
That once in Paradise did grow.
I’m deeply moved with joy to feel,
That such my garden does reveal. 4135
Mephistopheles (Dancing with the old witch.)
A vile dream once came to me,
In it, I saw an old cleft tree,
A monstrous crack there met my eyes,
It pleased me, though, despite its size.
The Old Witch
I offer my best greetings to 4140
The knight of the cloven shoe!
He’ll need to have a real stopper,
If he’s not scared of that whopper.
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Thomas Mann

thread over
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>>7664977
wew lad
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>>7664547

inb4 hitler or nietzsche
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