Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

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First published in 1908, this book, one of Mencken's earliest and the first book on Nietzsche to appear in English, consists of a brief biographical sketch followed by explanations of Nietzsche's basic concepts and attitudes. This edition contains explanatory notes and a new introduction on the similarities between Nietzsche and Mencken and the reasons that Nietzsche is so often misinterpreted. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The first book on Nietzsche ever to appear in English, this examination by legendary journalist H. L. Mencken is still one of the most enlightening. Mencken wrote this book while still in his 20s, but his penchant for thoroughness was evident even at that young age—in preparation for writing this book, he read Nietzsche's works in their entirety, mostly in the original German. A brief biographical sketch is followed by clear and thorough explanations of Nietzsche's basic concepts and attitudes. Analyzed are Nietzsche's much-misunderstood concept of the superman, his concept of eternal recurrence, his rejection of Christianity, and his basic rationalism and materialism. Included are two essays on Nietzsche that appeared in Mencken's magazine The Smart Set subsequent to the publishing of the original edition of this book. Nearly a century after its original publication, this remains one of the clearest, most concise, and entertaining introductions to Nietzsche to date.

Publisher: Tucson, AZ : Sea Sharp Press, c2003
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781884365317
Characteristics: xvii, 181 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bufe, Charles
Alternative Title: Friedrich Nietzsche


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