Nietzsche : Attempt at a Mythology

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First published in 1918, Ernst Bertram's Nietzsche: Attempt at a Mythology substantially shaped the image of Nietzsche for the generation between the wars. It won the Nietzsche Society's first prize and was admired by luminous contemporaries including Andr\u00e9 Gide, Hermann Hesse, Gottfried Benn, and Thomas Mann. Although translated into French in 1932, the book was never translated into English following the decline of Nietzsche's and Bertram's reputations after 1945. Now, with Nietzsche's importance for twentieth-century thought undisputed, the work by one of his most influential interpreters can at last be read in English.Employing a perspectival technique inspired by Nietzsche himself, Bertram constructs a densely layered portrait of the thinker that shows him riven by deep and ultimately irresolvable cultural, historical, and psychological conflicts. At once lyrical and intensely probing, richly complex yet thematically coherent, Bertram's book is a masterpiece in a forgotten tradition of intellectual biography.
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  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252032950
  • 9780252032950

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"An important book and a masterful translation."--German Quarterly " "A major contribution to Nietzsche-research and scholarship."--Journal of Nietzsche Studies "Ernst Bertram's seminal work ... not only highlighted Nietzsche's own revival of the mythical dimension as essential to creative human activity but also sought, in the heroizing of spirit of the Stephan George circle (with which Bertram was associated) to render Nietzsche himself into a latter-day prophet-a dynamic, living national myth."--Times Literary Supplement
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About Ernst Bertram

Ernst Bertram (1884-1957) was a recognized scholar of German literature and culture, as well as an accomplished poet. Although Nietzsche remained his only monograph, he published numerous essays and several books of poetry.

Robert E. Norton is a professor of German at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Secret Germany: Stefan George and His Circle.
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