Nietzsche (1912) by More, Paul Elmer (1864–1937)
The Philosophy Of Nietzsche (1913) by Chatterton-Hill, George (1883–1947)
The Quintessence Of Nietzsche (1913) by Kennedy, John McFarland (1886–1918)
"It would be unreasonable to expect a Liberal Cabinet Minister to justify and apologise for the repeal of the Corn Laws ; it would be just
as unreasonable to expect a new book about Nietzsche to be written in a justificatory and apologetic tone. This book, therefore, is ex- planatory ; and I have left Nietzsche to explain himself in his own words as far as possible. I have had the advantage over all previous writers of being able to study the philosopher in the pages of his autobiography (Ecce Homo), which was published only a few months ago ; and in the chapters that follow the English-speaking public is presented for the first time with an account of Nietzsche’s posthumous works, including several quotations from the more important. In particular I would direct the attention of readers to the wonderful account of Inspiration, and the fragments on woman’s suffrage, which I have translated from the Ecco Homo (p. 342 foll.). The publication of the posthumous works has also given me the opportunity of quoting some of Nietzsche’s views on Socialism (p. 275 foll.). Again, two of the aphorisms I have quoted from the Joyful Wisdom (Nos. 68 and 71) show that Nietzsche held a point of view concerning women which English reviewers have not attributed to him, and one which compares favourably, to say the least, with that held by several fathers of the Church." (Preface)
The Philosophy Of Friedrich Nietzsche (1913, 3d Edition) by Mencken, Henry Louis (1880–1956)
"When this attempt to summarize and interpret the principal ideas of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was first published, in the early part of 1908, several of his most important books were yet to be translated into English and the existing commentaries were either fragmentary and confusing or frankly addressed to the specialist in philosophy. It was in an effort to make Nietzsche comprehensible to the general reader, at sea in German and unfamiliar with the technicalities of the seminaries, that the work was undertaken. It soon appeared that a considerable public had awaited that effort, for the first edition was quickly exhausted and there was an immediate demand for a special edition in England. The larger American edition which followed has since gone the way of its predecessor, and so the opportunity offers for a general revision, eliminating certain errors in the first draft and introducing facts and opinions brought forward by the publication of Dr. Oscar Levy’s admirable complete edition of Nietzsche in English and by the appearance of several new and informative biographical studies, and a large number of discussions and criticisms. The whole of the section upon Nietzsche’s intellectual origins has been rewritten, as has been the section on his critics, and new matter has been added to the biographical chapters. In addition, the middle portion of the book has been carefully revised, and a final chapter upon the study of Nietzsche, far more extensive than the original bibliographical note, has been appended. The effect of these changes, it is believed, has been to increase the usefulness of the book, not only to the reader who will go no further, but also to the reader who plans to proceed to Nietzsche’s own writings and to the arguments of his principal critics and defenders." (Preface To The Third Edition)
"A study of H. L. Mencken's "The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1908)" shows that Mencken did not understand many of Nietzsche's most important concepts: Apollonianism, Dionysianism, the superman, the will to power, and the doctrine of eternal recurrence. Mencken's work became a platform from which he could expand his own ideas rather than analyze Nietzsche's. Thus, Mencken was not significantly influenced by Nietzsche but was interested in Nietzsche's conclusion that iconoclasm is necessary to allow man to build a better world." (Maurice M. La Belle, Comparative Literature Studies, 03/1970)
06) Nietzsche (1914) by Kennedy, John McFarland (1886–1918)
"This book is a popular revised edition, with a new preface, of "The Quintessence Of Nietzsche," first published in 1909" (Page 4)
The Philosophy Of Nietzsche (1915) by Wolf, Abraham (1876–1948)
"THE following pages contain the substance of a course of three lectures delivered at the University of London, University College, last February. The object of the lectures was to present the salient ideas of Nietzsche in an impartial and coherent manner, and with a minimum of technical terms. The general appreciation expressed by the large audiences who attended the lectures has encouraged me to believe that the lectures have not entirely failed to achieve their modest purpose." (Preface)
"In this short series of lectures, interestingly, if rather carelessly written, Dr. Wolf has given us an admirable piece of simplification; in one hundred and sixteen pages he has presented an excellent outline of all that is strictly philosophic in Nietzsche's writings." (T. Stearns Eliot, International Journal Of Ethics, 04/1916)
"Dr. Wolf's slender volume contains the substance of a series of lectures given at the University of London in February 1915. Its very title suggests a method of treatment that differs greatly from the usual way of writing about the author of Thus spake Zarathustra. And whoever thinks of Nietzsche mainly as a writer of diabolical aphorisms about War, Women and the Blond Beast will be sorely disappointed by Dr. Wolf's unsensational and thorough-going analysis of the chief elements of his philosophy. Contrary to custom, Dr. Wolf bases his argument not on the marvelous though oftentimes bewildering poetry of Zarathustra, but mostly on the solid prose works, with pronounced predilection for The Will to Power.
Dr. Wolf abstains from giving any account of Nietzsche's life and personality.
On the whole Dr. Wolf's book commends itself not only by its scholarly method and the judicious treatment of its subject; a skilful arrangement of the material, together with a remarkable facility in presenting difficult problems in a lucid and interesting manner, contributes to render the little volume especially useful for any one who desires to get a concise summary of the problems connected with the philosophy of Nietzsche." (Traugott Bohme, Political Science Quarterly, 06/1917)
What Nietzsche Taught (1915) by Wright, Willard Huntington (1888–1939)
"This book is frankly for the beginner—for the student who desires a survey of Nietzsche's philosophy before entering upon a closer and more careful study of it. In this respect it is meant also as a guide ; and I have given the exact location of every quotation so that the reader may refer at once to the main body of Nietzsche's works and ascertain the premises and syllogisms which underlie the quoted conclusion.
In the opening biographical sketch I have refrained from going into Nietzsche's personality and character, adhering throughout to the external facts of his life. His personality will be found in the racy, vigorous and stimulating utterances I have chosen for quotation, and no comments of mine could add colour to the impression thus received. It is difficult to divorce Nietzsche from his work: the man and his teachings are inseparable. His style, as well as his philosophy, is a direct outgrowth of his personality. This is why his gospel is so personal and intimate a one, and so closely bound up in the instincts of humanity. There are several good biographies of Nietzsche in existence, and a brief account of the best ones in English will be found in the bibliography at the end of this volume.
It must not be thought that this book is intended as a final, or even complete, commentary on Nietzsche's doctrines. It was written and compiled for the purpose of supplying an introductory study, and, with that end in view, I have refrained from all technical or purely philosophical nomenclature. The object throughout has been to stimulate the reader to further study, and if this book does not send the reader sooner or later to the original volumes from which these quotations have been made, I shall feel that I have failed somewhat in my enterprise." (Introduction)
Nietzsche And The Ideals Of Modern Germany (1915) by Stewart, Herbert Leslie (1882–1953)
"This series of lectures is the expansion of a short course which I delivered last winter to the students of Dalhousie University. They make no pretence to be an adequate appreciation of Nietzsche s place in the history of thought; I have confined myself to those aspects of his work which may cast light upon the social policy and ideals of Germany as these have been revealed in the present war." (Preface)
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