I've started reading "Lotte in Weimar" (at least: I'm trying to), and I noticed many references to "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" through the main character of Charlotte Buff. Should I read "Die Leiden" first, before reading "Lotte in Weimar"?
Thomas Mann's 1939 novel 'Lotte in Weimar' recounts a fictional reunion between Goethe and the object of his youthful passion, Charlotte Buff.
One of the most famous - and infamous - works in the history of literature. Also known as one of the greatest love stories in world literature.
So yea, i think you should read 'The sorrow of young Werther' first.
I hope this helped you a little.