Basic Writings of Nietzsche (Modern Library Classics) by Friedrich Nietzsche

By Friedrich Nietzsche

100 years after his loss of life, Friedrich Nietzsche continues to be the main influential thinker of the fashionable period. easy Writings of Nietzsche gathers the full texts of 5 of Nietzsche's most vital works, from his first booklet to his final: The delivery of Tragedy; past solid and Evil; at the family tree of Morals; The Case of Wagner; and Ecce Homo. Edited and translated via the good Nietzsche student Walter Kaufmann, this quantity offers a definitive advisor to the entire diversity of Nietzsche's thought.

Included are also seventy-five aphorisms, choices from Nietzsche's correspondence, and variations from drafts for Ecce Homo.

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Readers of this volume can get a good account of the grounds for this hostility in “The Case of Wagner” and in Walter Kaufmann’s introduction (which, like all his other introductions in this volume, is outspoken and authoritative). In 1879, intermittently troubled by ill health including almost intolerable headaches, Nietzsche resigned his professorship and sought relief in the Swiss mountains (the little village of Sils Maria) and Italian cities like Turin—in vain. It was by and large a lonely life, his solitude broken only by occasional visits by a few—a very few—loyal disciples.

And when you stop to think about it, why should they? Wasn’t it really enough for a while? ” Unfortunately, The Birth of Tragedy does not end with Section 15, as an early draft did and as the book clearly ought to. Another ten sections follow that weaken the whole book immeasurably. Sections 1 through 6 are introductory and inferior stylistically. The heart of he book is found in Sections 7 through 15, which deal with the birth and death of tragedy. This is by far the best part of the book and can probably be understood fairly well by itself.

A faithful translator should strive to let Rilke sound like Rilke, Heidegger like Heidegger, The Case of Wagner like Der Fall Wagner—and The Birth of Tragedy like Die Geburt der Tragödie. 2 The first edition of The Birth of Tragedy was published in 1872, when Nietzsche was twenty-seven. 1 Wagner’s music was then called “music of the future,” and Wilamowitz tried to expose Nietzsche’s “philology of the future”—a philology devoid of Greek quotations and footnotes. Actually, there was much more to the attack than this.

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