Frau Lou: Nietzsche's Wayward Disciple

Binion, Walter

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Princeton. 1968. Princeton University Press. 1st American Edition. Small Stamp In Front from the History Department Library of the University of California Press in Berkeley, Also, ‘History Department University of California’ Penned On Front Endpaper, Otherwise Very Good.No Dustjacket. Foreword by Walter Kaufmann. 587 pages. hardcover. keywords: Philosophy Germany Nietzsche Biography. inventory # 18870. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘A biography bearing such a subtitle with its hint of promiscuity or delinquency invites attentive reading; the knowledge that it concerns a woman whose bounty was matched by brain and beauty offers the promise of irresistible fascination. Indeed an attitude of anticipation is the natural response to the advent of a new biography of Lou Andreas-Salomé, a woman of unusual gifts who, during a lifetime spanning nearly half of the last and more than a third of the present century, succeeded in collecting—and nearly as often discarding—a most impressive array of eminent personages of both sexes. Heralded as a psychoanalytic study, Mr. Binion’s book should carry an appeal beyond that evoked by the turbulence and razzle-dazzle of her peripatetic career that left in its wake an assortment of nervous wreckage including a few suicides’. – from a review in Psychoanalytic Quarterly by Bernard C. Meyer. Lou Andreas-Salomé (née Louise von Salomé) (February 12, 1861 St. Petersburg – February 5, 1937 Göttingen) was a Russian-born psychoanalyst and author. Her diverse intellectual interests led to friendships with a broad array of distinguished western luminaries, including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Rilke. Born in St. Petersburg to an army general and his wife, Salomé was their only daughter; she had five brothers. Although she would later be attacked by the Nazis as a ‘Finnish Jewess,’ her parents were actually of French Huguenot and Northern German descent. Seeking an education beyond a typical woman’s station of that time and place, when she was seventeen Salomé persuaded the Dutch preacher Hendrik Gillot, twenty-five years her senior, to teach her theology, philosophy, world religions, and French and German literature. Gillot became so smitten with Salomé that he planned to divorce his wife and marry her and Salomé and her mother fled to Zurich, so she could acquire a university education. The journey was also intended to be beneficial for Salomé’s physical health; she was coughing up blood at this time. Salomé’s mother took her to Rome, Italy when she was 21. At a literary salon in the city, Salomé became acquainted with Paul Rée, an author and compulsive gambler with whom she proposed living in an academic commune. After two months, the two became partners. On May 13, 1882, Rée’s friend Friedrich Nietzsche joined the duo. Salomé would later write a controversial 1894 study, Friedrich Nietzsche in seinen Werken, of Nietzsche’s personality and philosophy. The three travelled with Salomé’s mother through Italy and considered where they would set up their ‘Winterplan’ commune. Arriving in Leipzig, Germany in October, Salomé and Rée separated from Nietzsche after a falling-out between Nietzsche and Salomé, in which Salomé believed that Nietzsche was desperately in love with her. In 1884 Salomé became acquainted with Helene von Druskowitz, the second woman to receive a philosophy doctorate in Zurich. Salomé and Rée moved to Berlin and lived together until a few years before her celibate marriage to linguistics scholar Carl Friedrich Andreas. Despite her opposition to marriage and her open relationships with other men, Salomé and Andreas remained married from 1887 until his death in 1930. The distress caused by Salomé’s co-habitation with Andreas caused the morose Rée to fade from Salomé’s life despite her assurances. Throughout her married life, she engaged in affairs or/and correspondence with the German journalist Georg Lebedour, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, on whom she wrote an analytical memoir, and the psyc. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Frau Lou: Nietzsche's Wayward Disciple
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: 1968
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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