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Presented in the form of Socratic dialogue, Plato's The Republic was written in 360 B.C. Widely regarded as a foundation piece of work in Western philosophy it is also influential in political theory. What is justice? What is knowledge? What is Goodness? What is Truth? These are just some of the philosophic issues that Plato writes about in The Republic.
A young sea Captain, new to both his ship and crew, finds a naked man holding onto the side of the ship one night. Hiding the man, Leggatt, in his cabin the Captain learns of Leggatt's murderous past. The two develop a bond and the Captain continues to conceal Leggett's presence. But how long can he be kept hidden from suspicious crew members? What will happen when the skipper from Leggatt's ship visits? Can Leggatt escape the ship or himself?
This was Goethe's first major success, though it also lead to some difficulties. It started "Werther Fever"; some young men so identified with Werther that that they began dress like him. It also lead to more than 2,000 copycat suicides. The problem became so concerning to the authorities that a rival 'happy ending' was published by Friedrich Nicolai, another author. Goethe was incensed and published a poem in which Nicolai defecates on Werther's grave, starting a literary war that lasted all his life.
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