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

Sander L. Gilman David J. Parent


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

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

  • Title: Conversations with Nietzsche: A Life in the Words of His Contemporaries
  • Author: Sander L. Gilman David J. Parent
  • ISBN: 9780195067781
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback



Nietzsche s friend, the philosopher Paul Ree, once said that Nietzsche was important for his letters than for his books, and even 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 acquainNietzsche s friend, the philosopher Paul Ree, once said that Nietzsche was important for his letters than for his books, and even 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.


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

This is a delightful collection of first person testimonials of meetings with Nietzsche. To be sure, none of these were written synchronously with the events they describe. The time interval between the encounters and the written record is in some cases more than fifty years. Despite their reminiscential character the reports very often come across as lively and fresh. The testimonials were promoted by the growing reception of Nietzsche and one must assume that consciously or unconsciously they [...]

Extraordinary This brings us closer to the spirit of the man, past the shifting masks and conflicting ideas, than so much else. A revelation!

Nietzsche will never seem quite the same now that I know he read Mark Twain.

Perspectivism at its ironic best as a host of Nietzsche friends, confidantes and family members offer their views - from his early childhood in the 1840s to his eventual death in Weimar in 1900Paul Deussen, Nietzsche's close friend at the University of Bonn, recounts the infamous Cologne brothel incident of 1865 which Thomas Mann would make famous in his 'Doktor Faustus' after asking to be taken to a restaurant, Nietzsche's guide led him to the place: "I found myself surrounded by a half-dozen c [...]

Nietszche becomes, in his own words, "human all to human", in this book. Their are good insights into his philosophy as well. The book also debunks the myth that Nietszche was an anti-Semite promoted by his sister, who did more to damage the reception and interpretation of his philosophy than any other through her misleading and selective editing of his works.

Scholarly look at FN by his friends and colleagues. It's especially interesting to note how an early version of celebrity resulted in the same privacy issues faced by today's celebrities - paparazzi, trespassers, thieves, and the like.

Has some information I have not found in any other books on Nietzsche.


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