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

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Sander L. Gilman
Oxford University Press, Jun 20, 1991 - Philosophy - 303 pages
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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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CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL DAYS 18441858
3
SCHULPFORTA 18581864
8
UNIVERSITY AND MILITARY TIME 18641869
18
PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BASEL 18701878
32
MIGRANT YEARS 18791889
111
AT THE JENA SANATORIUM 18891890
221
UNDER HIS MOTHERS CARE IN NAUMBURG 18901897
227
ON DISPLAY IN WEIMAR 18971900
237
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
263
SOURCES
268
INDEX OF NAMES AND WORKS
271
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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 - Alexander Nehamas, Nietzsche: Life as Literature (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985), 142^t3: No empirical standpoint could address a "relation" between cycles, because that would "add" something to the cycles and thus ruin "identity.
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.

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