From Library Journal
These accounts of Nietzsche by acquaintances, translated from a larger German collection, give us recollections of conversations with Nietzsche and descriptions of him at all stages of his life. The informants include his mother and sister; friends such as Lou Salome; Pforta pupils; former teachers and students; colleagues and their wives; and walking and table companions. While much of this material will be familiar to readers of the standard biographies, some of the anecdotes from minor characters in Nietzsche's life will be of interest. Nietzsche would have been pleased that these accounts are given from very different "perspectives" and are invariably favorable. Richard Hogan, Philosophy Dept., Southeastern Massachusetts Univ., North Dartmouth
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"An exceedingly interesting, and often touching, collection of memories."--The New York Review of Books
"An excellent exposition of the life of Nietzsche as seen from the outside looking in. A nice complement to his own views of himself from the inside looking out."--Manuel Davenport, Texas A&M University
"Indispensable for senior students of Nietzsche."--Mark Migotti, University of Ottawa
"What sort of life emerges from this reading? A richer life, I think, than his biographers have been willing to grant....Since hero worshippers and then fascists depopulated the Zarathustra landscape, one can only be grateful to Gilman and his capable translator, David J. Parent, for repopulating that world again."--American Historical Review
"Not for Nietzsche scholars only, this exemplary collection is for anyone interested in a unique man, one as unforgettable for the exquisite fineness of his outer life as for the fire within."--Kirkus Reviews
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