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Hollingdale's biography remains the single best account of the life and works for the student or nonspecialist. This classic biography of Nietzsche was first published in the 1960s and was enthusiastically reviewed at the time. Long out of print, it is now reissued with its text updated in the light of recent research. The biography chronicles Nietzsche's intellectual evol ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 284 pages
Published August 29th 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1965)
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Erik Graff
Feb 24, 2016 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all interested in philosophy in general or Nietzsche in particular
Recommended to Erik by: Walter Kaufmann
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Unlike Walter Kaufmann's Nietzsche, Hollingdale's is more of traditional biography than a philosophical exposition and defense. Consequently, it is a very good supplement to Kaufmann's more polemical study.

I read this old Louisiana University Press paperback edition in Park Ridge, Illinois, while on break from college, mostly on the front porch of my parents' home, a favored hiding place.
Nat
Aug 31, 2013 Nat rated it it was amazing
Probably the best biography on Nietzsche. Hollingdale successfully examines all of the influences of Nietzsche's life on his philosophy in an unbiased way. He steers us through the darker parts of Nietzsche's mind and life without attributing his theories and strange end to syphilis, or dismissing Nietzsche in any way. Hollingdale is respectful and insightful. A must read for any Nietzsche fan.
Webster Bull
Dec 02, 2015 Webster Bull rated it really liked it
In my master's course on Faith & Reason, I chose to write my term paper on Nietzsche, a figure who fascinated me from afar 45 years ago when I was 19. He really was the most interesting character of all those we read in our course this fall.

For my term paper, which is about Nietzsche's philosophy, I planned a sort of addendum about Nietzsche's life. Then I decided not to use the addendum, so I'm pasting it here as a sort of quasi-review of what is almost certainly the best Nietzsche biograp
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Ismael Sarepta
Feb 26, 2013 Ismael Sarepta rated it it was amazing
Philosophers, like saints and prophets, and business moguls and inventors, are often the subject of popular myths that mystify and glorify -- and Nietzsche is no exception to this. Nietzsche scholar and translator R. J. Hollingdale does an excellent job exposing the myths and legends surrounding Nietzsche. He really brings humanity and everydayness to the philosopher who gave us the Übermensch and Eternal Reoccurance.

Hollingdale is critical, scholarly, and objective; he studies Nietzsche in the
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Sam Thacker
Aug 25, 2007 Sam Thacker rated it it was amazing
This very well-written biography provides, in addition to the standard biographical fare, a great background in Nietzsche's thought. This bio will keep Nietzsche's philosophy from seeming like a mere collection of powerful, yet disembodied, statements. It provides the unifying framework that isn't necessarily otherwise glaringly obvious.
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As much as I love Nietzsche I know that this book is going to be very slow going...
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Walter A. Kaufman said this was the best biography of Nietzsche.
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