Conversations with Nietzsche: A Life in the Words of His Contemporaries

Paperback | April 1, 1994

EditorSander L. GilmanTranslated byDavid J. Parent

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Nietzsche's friend, the philosopher Paul Ree, once said that Nietzsche was more important for his letters than for his books, and even more important for his conversations than for his letters. In Conversations with Nietzsche, Sander Gilman and David Parent present a fascinating selection ofeighty-seven memoirs, anecdotes, and informal recollections by friends and acquaintances of Nietzsche. Translated from the definitive German collection, Begegnungen mit Nietzsche, these biographical pieces--some of which have never before appeared in English--cover the entire span of Nietzsche'slife: his boyhood friendships, his arrival at the University of Bonn, his appointment to professor at Basel at age twenty-four, the impact of The Birth of Tragedy, his friendship with Wagner, his life in Italy, his confinement at the Jena Sanatorium, and his death. They present the philosopher indialogue with friends and acquaintances, and provide new insights into him as a thinker and as a commentator on his times, recounting his views on some of the greats of history, including Burckhardt, Goethe, Kant, Dostoevsky, Napoleon, and numerous others. In his selections, Gilman has carefullybalanced documents concerning Nietzsche's personal life with others on his intellectual development, resulting in an entertaining and informative book that will appeal to a wide audience of educated readers.

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In Conversation with Nietzsche, Sander Gilman and David Parent present a fascinating selection of memoirs, anecdotes, and informal recollections by friends and acquaintances of Nietzsche, translated by Parent from the definitive German collection. Gilman's selections carefully balance documents concerning Nietzsche's personal life with...

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Nietzsche's friend, the philosopher Paul Ree, once said that Nietzsche was more important for his letters than for his books, and even more important for his conversations than for his letters. In Conversations with Nietzsche, Sander Gilman and David Parent present a fascinating selection ofeighty-seven memoirs, anecdotes, and informal...

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In Conversation with Nietzsche, Sander Gilman and David Parent present a fascinating selection of memoirs, anecdotes, and informal recollections by friends and acquaintances of Nietzsche, translated by Parent from the definitive German collection. Gilman's selections carefully balance documents concerning Nietzsche's personal life with...

Sander L. Gilman is at Cornell University. David J. Parent is at Illinois State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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In Conversation with Nietzsche, Sander Gilman and David Parent present a fascinating selection of memoirs, anecdotes, and informal recollections by friends and acquaintances of Nietzsche, translated by Parent from the definitive German collection. Gilman's selections carefully balance documents concerning Nietzsche's personal life with others on his intellectual development, resulting in an entertaining and informative book that will appeal to a wide audience of educated readers.

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"There is a wealth of fascinating and sometimes contradictory evidence about Nietzsche's life and times which, quite apart from its intrinsic interest, is all the more welcome for being, for the most part, translated into English here for the first time."--Magill's Literary Annual 1988