The Portable Nietzsche (Portable Library) (Paperback)

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The Portable Nietzsche (Portable Library) (Paperback)

By Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Kaufmann (Introduction by), Walter Kaufmann (Translated by)


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A captivating collection of Friedrich Nietzsche’s seminal works, from his provocative musings on truth and morality to his profound exploration of human existence

“In this volume, one may very conveniently have a rich review of one of the most sensitive, passionate, and misunderstood writers in Western, or any, literature.”—Newsweek

“Few writers in any age were so full of ideas.”—Walter Kaufmann, from the Introduction

The works of Friedrich Nietzsche have fascinated readers around the world ever since the publication of his first book more than a hundred years ago, yet few writers have been so consistently misinterpreted. The Portable Nietzsche includes Walter Kaufmann’s definitive translations of the complete and unabridged texts of Nietzsche’s four major works: Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In addition, Kaufmann brings together selections from his other books, notes, and letters, to give a full picture of Nietzsche’s development, versatility, and inexhaustibility.

Penguin Classics is the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world, representing a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Prussia in 1844. After the death of his father, a Lutheran minister, Nietzsche was raised from the age of five by his mother in a household of women. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Basel, where he taught until 1879 when poor health forced him to retire. He never recovered from a nervous breakdown in 1889 and died eleven years later. Known for saying that “god is dead,” Nietzsche propounded his metaphysical construct of the superiority of the disciplined individual (superman) living in the present over traditional values derived from Christianity and its emphasis on heavenly rewards. His ideas were appropriated by the Fascists, who turned his theories into social realities that he had never intended.
Product Details ISBN: 9780140150629
ISBN-10: 0140150625
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: January 27th, 1977
Pages: 704
Language: English
Series: Portable Library