This collection of more than two hundred of Nietzsche's letters offers a representative body of correspondence on subjects of main concern to him-philosophy, history, morals, music and literature. Also included are letters of biographical interest which, in Middleton's words, "mark the stresses and turnings of his life." Among the addressees are Richard Wagner, Erwin Rohde, Jacob Burkhardt, Lou Salomé, his mother, and his sister Elisabeth. The "annihilating split" in Nietzsche's personality that has been associated with his collapse on a street in Turin in 1889 is described in a moving letter from Franz Overbeck which forms the Epilogue
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This collection of two hundred letters offers another fascinating glimpse into Nietzsche's world, a world he doesn't always reveal in his philosophical works. Here we see Nietzsche's good manners on display, his odd sense of humor, his writing process, his excitement at finishing a book as well as his growing isolation and creeping insanity. The seeds of many of his philosophical ideas can also be seen in these letters, even as early as his student years. These letters show us a genius in the making. Endlessly fascinating. Readers of these letters may also like "Jenna's Flaw," a novel about Nietzsche, the death of God, the crumbling of Western civilization, and what the West can do to stop it.