Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Elective Affinities (German: Die Wahlverwandtschaften), also translated under the title Kindred by Choice, is the third novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1809. The title is taken from a scientific term once used to describe the tendency of chemical species to combine with certain substances or species in preference to others. The novel is based on the metaphor of human passions being governed or regulated by the laws of chemical affinity, and examines whether or not the science and laws of chemistry undermine or uphold the institution of marriage, as well as other human social relations.

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Elective Affinities Paperback 8883908 $3.45
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Elective Affinities. Hardcover 6601249 $24.99 1976
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Elective Affinities Audible Audiobook 111908 $21.99 2019
Die Wahlverwandtschaften / The Elective Affinities: German | English (German Edition) Paperback 3651592 $18.97 $20.74 2015
Sorrows of Young Werther: WITH Elective Affinities, Faust and Italian Journey (Everyman's Library classics) Hardcover 3018986 $18.44 $5.39 1999
Elective Affinities: A Novel (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 625159 $6.35 $5.94 2008
Elective Affinities (Penguin Classics) Paperback 465960 $7.49 $0.01 1978
Elective Affinities [Illustrated] (With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition 173012 $0.99 2011
Elective Affinities Kindle Edition 344349 $0.99 2014
Elective Affinities: With an Introd [1872 ] Paperback 10689086 $21.58 2009
Elective Affinities (Classics) Kindle Edition 710007 2005
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Elective Affinities: A Novel (The World's Classics) Paperback 4535833 $5.95 $0.83 1994
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Las afinidades electivas (Spanish Edition) Paperback 5594447 $15.43 $35.83 2010
Elective affinities Hardcover 3685584 $3.35
Elective Affinities (Oneworld Classics) Paperback 2976141 $8.77 $39.70 2009
Las Afinidades Electivas/ Elective Affinities (Letras Universales / Universal Writings) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 4008454 $13.97 $35.30 2005
Elective affinities: with an introd. by Victoria C. Woodhull Paperback 8690275 $21.28 $50.61 1872
The Sorrows of Young Werther, Elective Affinities, Novella (Goethe: The Collected Works, Vol. 11) by von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang (1995) Paperback Paperback 4060017 $95.72 $38.35
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Las afinidades electivas / The Elective Affinities (Spanish Edition) Paperback 6440454 $11.24 $18.09 2008
Las afinidades electivas / Elective Affinities (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 18821611 $32.06 2007