The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche: The Quest for Identity, 1844-1869 (Paperback)Daniel Blue (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
'Daniel Blue's excellent new biography treats the formative years (1844-69) in the life of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Throughout this period, the author maintains, Nietzsche 'became what he was' by writing and revising the story of his life, hoping thereby to gain some measure of control over the course of his future developments. Were we to appreciate the role of autobiography in Nietzsche's own process of self-formation, the author persuasively suggests, we would be likely to arrive at a much clearer, and more comprehensive, sense of the ideas and writings he produced. Scrupulously researched, thoughtfully crafted, clearly written, and eminently readable, this new book will appeal not only to scholars and students of German philosophy, but also to lovers of biography more generally. Blue's book makes an outstanding contribution to the secondary literature devoted to Nietzsche.' Daniel Conway, Texas A&M University
'Blue's writing is immensely readable and animates even the driest moments of the young man's life. He's careful to account for the human inclination to rewrite history and uses each of the successive autobiographies Nietzsche wrote (along with his letters) to show a man organically coming to terms both with his own spiritual and intellectual evolution and the climate of the mid-19th century German states.' Matthew Snider, PopMatters
'A good deal of Blue's focus lies in providing an accurate English-language account of the facts of Nietzsche's early life, building on and correcting previous versions. Here, his success is unquestionable. ... Blue is a sensitive, careful and reliable narrator. He is also frank.' Tom Stern, Literary Review
'... this is the most comprehensive and critical account of Nietzsche's early years.' Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger
'Blue's book is meticulously researched and carefully footnoted, but also engaging and readable.' Andrew Huddleston, The Times Literary Supplement
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