Conversations with Nietzsche: A Life in the Words of His Contemporaries
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Nietzsche's friend, the philosopher Paul Ree, 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 acquain...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 20th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 10th 1987)
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Yahia Lababidi
Extraordinary... This brings us closer to the spirit of the man, past the shifting masks and conflicting ideas, than so much else. A revelation!
Richard
Nietzsche will never seem quite the same now that I know he read Mark Twain.
Simon
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 1900...

Paul 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-d...more
Edward
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.
Andrzej
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.
Charles Kingsley
Has some information I have not found in any other books on Nietzsche.
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