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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

 

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This is a very good anthology of selections from Nietzsche by his best English translator. Never a systematic philosopher, Nietzsche is easily misunderstood and easy to appropriate dishonestly. He ... Read full review

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This volume includes Thus Spake Zarathustra and the single most well-known, if not the most important, selection from Nietzsche, his famous "God is Dead" scene. Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch fr ... Read full review

Contents

Letters
2
Letter to His Sister
29
Notes 1873
39
Notes about Wagner
47
From Mixed Opinions and Maxims
64
Letter to Overbeck
73
of Nietzsche contra Wagner are given in parentheses
87
Postcard to Overbeck
92
A Music without a Future
171
On Love of the Neighbor
172
On Child and Marriage
181
SECOND PART
191
We Antipodes Gay Science 370
254
Note 1884
440
From a Draft for a Preface
442
From Toward a Genealogy of Morals
450

Draft of a Letter to Paul Re
102
FIRST PART
115
Zarathustras Prologue
121
Offer Objections Gay Science 368
134
Zarathustras Speeches
137
THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA
155
On War and Warriors
158
On Chastity
166
Letter to His Sister
456
TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS
463
THE ANTICHRIST
565
Wagner as the Apostle of Chastity
673
Letters 1889 684 Letters 1889
685
Broke Away from Wagner
691
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About the author (1976)

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.

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