is Professor of Philosophy at
Princeton University. Born in Germany in 1921, he graduated from
Williams College in 1941, and returned to Europe with U.S. Military
Intelligence during World War II. In 1947 he received his Ph.D.
from Harvard and joined the Princeton faculty. He has held visiting
professorships at many American universities, and Fulbright
professorships at Heidelberg and at The Hebrew University in
His books include Nietzsche, Critique of Religion and
Philosophy, From Shakespeare to Existentialism, The Faith of a
Heretic, Cain and Other Poems, Hegel, and Tragedy and
Philosophy. Several of these books have been translated into
various foreign languages.
Kaufmann''s own translations of ten of Nietzsche''s works, of
Leo Baeck''s Judaism and Christianity, and of Twenty
German Poets have won wide recognition. Of his verse
translation of Goethe''s Faust, Stephen Spender said in
The New York Times Book Review: "The best translation of
Faust that I have read." And the Virginia Quarterly Review
said: "There is little question that this is the
translation of Goethe''s Faust, both in poetic beauty and
in comprehension of the original."