German writer introducing German article about Old English (6)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'german writer' is the definition.
(johann wolfgang von goethe)
'introducing german article about old english' is the subsidiary indication.
'introducing' suggests taking the first letters.
'article' becomes 'the' (**).
'about' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'old english' becomes 'oe'.
The initial letter of 'german' is 'g'.
'the' put after 'oe' is 'oethe'.
(Other definitions for goethe that I've seen before include "German playwright and poet", "German writer, b 1749", "Johann Wolfgang von -, German dramatist", "Wolfgang von - , Faust author", "German author (Faust)", "German poet, d. 1832", "The ego, strangely, of the German writer", "Eighteenth to nineteenth century German poet and dramatist (Faust)" and "Author of Faust".)