Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Nietzsche is one of the few philosophers since Plato whom large numbers of intelligent people read for pleasure.

Walter Kaufmann

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Nietzsche (1997) by Ronald Hayman

Ronald Hayman's Nietzsche is a concise and useful summary of the life, ideas, and writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings were referenced in both recent classes: Existentialism. and Agony, Despair, & Desire.

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Nietzsche in 90 Minutes (1996) by Paul Strathern

Paul Strathern's Nietzsche in 90 Minutes is funnier and more superficial than Ronald Hayman's Nietzsche.

While much of the book is about Nietzsche's writings, about half is concerned with his personal life (his family, his friends, his health, etc). This context together with the relatively light-hearted tone makes this book an easier introduction to Nietzsche's ideas than that given by Hayman.

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Basic Writings of Nietzsche (1992) translated and edited by Walter Kaufmann

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Nietzsche is one of the few philosophers since Plato whom large numbers of intelligent people read for pleasure.

Walter Kaufmann

The book includes:

Also includes selections from Human, All-Too Human, Mixed Opinions and Maxims, The Wanderer and His Shadow, The Dawn, and the unfortunately titled The Gay Science (a better title is The Joyful Wisdom).

Reading Nietzsche (1988) edited by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M Higgins

A chronology of Nietzsche's work followed by essays of commentary:

Time Line

Much of this is adapted from Reading Nietzsche (1988) edited by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M Higgins.

1844
Birth.

1872
The Birth of Tragedy.

1878
Human, All Too Human (Volume 1).

1881
Daybreak.

1882
The Joyful Wisdom. [This title also translated (oddly) as The Gay Science.]

1883
Parts I and II of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

1884
Part III of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

1885
Part IV of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

1886
Beyond Good and Evil.

1887
On the Genealogy of Morals.

1888
The Case of Wagner published.

1889
Nietzsche becomes insane.
Twilight of the Idols published (written in 1888).

1895
The Antichrist published (written in 1888).
Nietzsche Contra Wagner published (written in 1888).

1900
Death.

1901
First version of The Will to Power, based on his notes. (Revised versions in 1904 and 1910-11.)

1908
Ecce Homo published (written in 1888).

1961
Heidegger's publication of his Nietzsche.