Friedrich Nietzsche

Brandes, George; [Chater, A. G. (trans.)]

Published by Macmillan / William Heinemann n.d. (c. 1941), New York / London, 1941
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Title: Friedrich Nietzsche

Publisher: Macmillan / William Heinemann n.d. (c. 1941), New York / London

Publication Date: 1941

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

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Maroon cloth; 8vo; pp. 117. Ownership signature of American playwright Clifford Odets (with "NYC 8/1/41") on FFEP. Spine tips and corners lightly bumped; some light scuffing on boards. Some discreet pencilled marginalia, presumably Odets's (signature and marginalia are both heavy with a pencil). With laid-in 1951 gallery brochure for an exhibition of Morris Shulman, also inscribed by Odets, "Dear Dorothy - You may find this painter interesting - Very best regards to you - Clifford Odets." A scarce and personal evaluation of Nietzsche and his ideas, written by friend, admirer, and frequent correspondent, George Brandes, the noted Danish critic and scholar who had great influence on Scandinavian and European literature from the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century. While initially concerned with the principle of new realism and naturalism in literature, his interests soon turned to philosophy and aesthetics. In this period, he discovered Friedrich Nietzsche, whom he introduced to Scandinavian culture. Brandes, in an 1888 letter included in this edition, wrote to Nietzsche advising him to read the works of Kierkegaard. He described Nietzsche's philosophy as "aristocratic radicalism," a description which delighted Nietzsche. /// Clifford Odets was a controversial American playwright, screenwriter, socialist, and social protester. Perhaps his best-known work is the script for the 1957 movie "Sweet Smell of Success." In 1952, Odets was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He disavowed his communist affiliations and cooperated by "naming names," though he did not provide the names of anyone who had not already been mentioned to the committee. As a result, he did not share the fate of many of his colleagues who were blacklisted, but he later expressed guilt and "revulsion" over his testimony. The loose exhibition brochure included in this copy is dated one year before his testimony. Bookseller Inventory # D12786

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