The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 1

The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 1

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The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 1

The Life of Nietzsche - Vol. 1

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Friends at home and abroad have often asked me whether I could not relate the story of my brother Friedrich Nietzsche’s life in an abridged form. They pointed out that the large biography in three volumes was chiefly intended for the student who could find the time necessary to read it, and calling my attention to the number of falsehoods which, within recent years, have been circulated both in Germany and France concerning Nietzsche’s life, declared that it was high time that the authentic facts should be made accessible to wider circles in the form of a small and handy volume that would likewise be suitable for translation into a foreign language. As I was not able to undertake a fresh narrative of my brother’s life immediately, I appealed to Professor Ernst Holzer of Ulm, and asked him whether he would do it. He assured me that there was nothing he was more desirous of doing than to relate afresh at least a portion of my brother’s life. The young Nietzsche and his works seemed to have been buried and forgotten. All the fuss had been made in connection with the older solitary Nietzsche. The latter, however, could be properly understood only on condition that the image of the young Nietzsche was already impressed in sharp outline on the mind of the reader. I therefore laid at Professor Holzer’s disposal all the fresh material that had been deciphered and collected from letters and note-books since the publication of my first biography. Professor Holzer’s aim was more particularly to describe the young scholar who had done such surprisingly good and learned work, even at Pforta and later . . .
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