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The Birth of Tragedy (1872) was Nietzsche's first book. Its youthful faults were exposed by Nietzsche in the brilliant "Attempt at a Self-Criticism" which he added to the new edition of 1886. But the book, whatever its excesses, remains one of the most relevant statements on tragedy ever penned. It exploded the conception of Greek culture that was prevalent down through the Victorian era, and it sounded themes developed in the twentieth century by classicists, existentialists, psychoanalysts, and others.
The Case of Wagner (1888) was one Nietzsche's last books, and his wittiest. In attitude and style it is diametrically opposed to The Birth of Tragedy. Both works transcend their ostensible subjects and deal with art and culture, as well as the problems of the modern age generally.
Each book in itself gives us an inadequate idea of its author; together, they furnish a striking image of Nietzsche's thought. The distinguished new translations by Walter Kaufmann superbly reflect in English Nietzsche's idiom and the vitality of his style. Professor Kaufmann has also furnished running footnote commentaries, relevant passages from Nietzsche's correspondence, a bibliography, and, for the first time in any edition, an extensive index to each book.
Incredibly well written and thought out. Easily one of my favorite philosophers. Book is in great shape, fast shippingPublished 1 month ago by Justin Olmos
One is surprised to find that the only one-star review of this book was posted a few weeks ago. I have read this book many times, since 1998 as well as every other book Nietzsche... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Christopher Gontar
It is 1 man building his ego by critical analytics of Socrates and other historic men...Ill of the dead. Poor in heart.Published 6 months ago by Skullmirror
Let's keep it real..This book is BORING
Actually watching Grass grow is a hell of a lot more fun then reading this garbage.
An essential balance to Wagnerism and Wagnerites. From a man who knew him intimately. Also a top notch mind. But also fascinating if read as the fury of a jilted lover.Published 6 months ago by J. Kelleher
Absolutely one of my favorite books. A look into the origins of the ascetic idealPublished 6 months ago by Thomas C.
One of my favorite philosophy related books and possible my all time favorite of Nietzsche. A short book yet lengthy in terms of what Nietzsche discusses in each part. Read morePublished 7 months ago by VanEzzania