saving…. The term applied to novels of 'education' (in the widest sense), of which many of the best examples are German. Wieland's Agathon (1765-6) is usually thought of as the first example of the genre, but the best and most imitated was Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, 1795-6), which became celebrated in England through Carlyle's translation in 1824. noun.
A novel set in the formative years, or the time of spiritual education, of the main character. German Bild is from Old High German bilade, from Proto-Germanic *biliþja or *bilaþja, the source also of Dutch beeld, Old English ... A Bildungsroman is a novel which concerns itself with the development of a youthful protagonist as he or she matures.