Introduction by Peter Gay
Translated and edited by Walter Kaufmann
Commentary by Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus, and Gilles Deleuze
One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. "Basic Writings of Nietzsche" gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche's most important works, from his first book to his last: "The Birth of Tragedy, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, The Case of Wagner, "and "Ecce Homo." Edited and translated by the great Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann, this volume also features seventy-five aphorisms, selections from Nietzsche's correspondence, and variants from drafts for "Ecce Homo." It is a definitive guide to the full range of Nietzsche's thought.
Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide.
About the Author
Nietzsche has been proclaimed the seminal figure of modern philosophy as well as one of the most creative and critically influential geniuses in the history of secular thought.
Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980) was professor of philosophy at Princeton University from 1947 until his death. He had visiting appointments at Columbia, Cornell, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington among others. His books include The Future of the Humanities, Religion from Tolstoy to Camus, and the three volume series entitled Discovering the Mind.
Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.
"Nietzsche is one of the few philosophers since Plato whom large numbers of intelligent people read for pleasure."