Yeah, that was at the end of 18th century, when the book came out. I guess this happened most in Germany. Many conservative people, mainly priests and teachers, were against the book because of this and wanted it banned. There was a literary genre at this time in Germany called Sturm und Drang (kind of an earlsy romanticism) to which the book belonged. Many of these young men comitting suicide due to this book were early romantics.