Conversations with Nietzsche: A Life in the Words of His Contemporaries
Sander L. Gilman
Oxford University Press, Jun 20, 1991 - Philosophy - 303 pages
Nietzsche's friend, the philosopher Paul R?e, 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 of eighty-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's life: 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 in dialogue 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 carefully balanced 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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These accounts of Nietzsche by acquaintances, translated from a larger German collection, give us recollections of conversations with Nietzsche and descriptions of him at all stages of his life. The ... Read full review
CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL DAYS 18441858
UNIVERSITY AND MILITARY TIME 18641869
PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BASEL 18701878
MIGRANT YEARS 18791889
AT THE JENA SANATORIUM 18891890
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Page xv - Macmillan, 1898], 2: 352-57, 3: 125-43, as quoted in Sander L. Gilman, Difference and Pathology: Stereotypes of Sexuality, Race, and Madness [Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1985], 111).
Page xvi - Sander L. Gilman, Nietzschean Parody: An Introduction to Reading Nietzsche (Bonn: Bouvier, 1976), in response to the early theoretical work of Harold Bloom, which was generally ignored by the "Nietzsche mafia" dominating Nietzsche scholarship in the United States until the mid- 1980s.