johann peter eckermann
German writer, chiefly remembered as the assistant and close associate of the aging author J.W. von Goethe; his Gesprache mit Goethe in den letzten Jahren seines Lebens, 1823-32, 3 vol. (1836-48; "Conversations with Goethe in the Last Years of His Life"), is comparable in importance with James Boswell's Life of Johnson
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