The Portable Nietzsche

by Friedrich Nietzsche
Introduction by Walter Kaufmann
Translated by Walter Kaufmann

Penguin Publishing Group | January 27, 1977 | Trade Paperback

The Portable Nietzsche is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a hundred years ago. As Walter Kaufmann, one of the world’s leading authorities on Nietzsche, notes in his introduction, “Few writers in any age were so full of ideas,” and few writers have been so consistently misinterpreted. The Portable Nietzsche includes Kaufmann’s definitive translations of the complete and unabridged texts of Nietzsche’s four major works: Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, Nietzsche Contra Wagner and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In addition, Kaufmann brings together selections from his other books, notes, and letters, to give a full picture of Nietzsche’s development, versatility, and inexhaustibility. “In this volume, one may very conveniently have a rich review of one of the most sensitive, passionate, and misunderstood writers in Western, or any, literature.” —Newsweek

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 704 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 1.1 in

Published: January 27, 1977

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140150625

ISBN - 13: 9780140150629

Found in: Essays and Letters

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! Although this may not be as eloquently put, The Portable Nietzsche is a must have for anyone interested in Nietzsche's philosophy. It is a great reference book for quotes and although it does not include the full pieces of work, it only makes you want to go out and read them. His whole search for absolute truth is fascinating and to get a taste of what Nietzsche has to offer this book is a great sampler.
Date published: 2001-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A celebration of Life This book is an essential guide into the mind of the greatest philosopher, one who challenges past philosophies and philosophers with ease and grandeur, exposing their inner prejudices towards life. For one who has read all of Nietzsche's books in various translations I can soundly say that there is no better translation and introduction to his philosophy. Hitherto no philosopher has matched the breadth and depth of his philosophy - he is the first too have truly celebrated life. His aphorisms tempt perfection; his divine poetry turned prose have achieved immortality to a degree which places him as equal among men of hallowed antiquity. To witness poetry become prose, especially in translation, one need not look further, for professor Kaufmann's translations are by far superior to all others. He not only conveys Nietzsche's brilliant and insightful philosophy untainted by personal idiosyncrasies, he also fruitfully preserves the original prose style which is characteristic of Nietzsche. In this book is not only contained the philosophies of a brilliant thinker, but an intimate portrait of a man, one who transcended a life of suffering to give humanity a true and unprejudiced view of man - as he is without his countless veils. AMOR FATI
Date published: 2000-08-23

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The Portable Nietzsche

The Portable Nietzsche

by Friedrich Nietzsche
Introduction by Walter Kaufmann
Translated by Walter Kaufmann

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 704 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 1.1 in

Published: January 27, 1977

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140150625

ISBN - 13: 9780140150629

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Bibliography
Letter to His Sister
Fragment of a Critique of Schopenhauer
On Ethics
Note (1870-71)
From Homer's Contest
Notes (1873)
From On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense
Notes about Wagner
Notes (1874)
Notes (1875)
From Human, All-Too-Human
From Mixed Opinions and Maxims
From The Wanderer and His Shadow
Letter to Overbeck
Notes (1880-81)
From The Dawn
Postcard to Overbeck
From The Gay Science
Draft of a Letter to Paul Rée

Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Editor's Preface
Contents
First Part
Second Part
Third Part
Fourth and Last Part

Note (1884)
Letters: To Overbeck; To His Sister; To Overbeck
Notes
From a Draft for a Preface
From Beyond Good and Evil
From The Gay Science: Book V
From Towards a Geneaology of Morals
Letter to Overbeck
Notes (1887)
Letter to His Sister
Notes (1888)
From The Wagner Case

Twilight of the Idols
Editor's Preface
Contents

The Antichrist
Editor's Preface

From Ecce Homo

Nietzsche Contra Wagner
Contents

Letters (1889): To Gast; To Jacob Burckhardt; To Overbeck
Editions of Nietzsche

From the Publisher

The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a hundred years ago. As Walter Kaufmann, one of the world’s leading authorities on Nietzsche, notes in his introduction, “Few writers in any age were so full of ideas,” and few writers have been so consistently misinterpreted. The Portable Nietzsche includes Kaufmann’s definitive translations of the complete and unabridged texts of Nietzsche’s four major works: Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, Nietzsche Contra Wagner and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In addition, Kaufmann brings together selections from his other books, notes, and letters, to give a full picture of Nietzsche’s development, versatility, and inexhaustibility. “In this volume, one may very conveniently have a rich review of one of the most sensitive, passionate, and misunderstood writers in Western, or any, literature.” —Newsweek

About the Author

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later. Known for saying that “god is dead,” Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.

From Our Editors

He has to be one of the most misunderstood philosophers of the 19th century: Friedrich Nietzsche. A brilliant thinker and troubled soul, he offered the world the concept of the Superman, an idealized person who defines his own morality and rejects immortality and religion: "God is dead." These essays explore the foundation for Nietzsche's philosophy, showing his developing style as a thinker and witty writer - and so funny! - and his characteristic venom towards mainstream culture in Germany. Nietzsche's writings are unparalleled: beautiful, lyrical prose offering remarkable ideas. The Portable Nietzsche contains the seeds of his ideas of light and dark, of intellectual freedom and ideological slavery.