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Thoughts Out of Season

Thoughts Out of Season

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Thoughts out of Season (Part One)by Friedrich Nietzsche(#4 in our series by Friedrich Nietzsche)Copyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributingthis or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this ProjectGutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit theheader without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about theeBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included isimportant information about your specific rights and restrictions inhow the file may be used. You can also find out about how to make adonation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: Thoughts out of Season (Part One)Author: Friedrich NietzscheRelease Date: May, 2004 [EBook #5652][Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule][This file was first posted on August 4, 2002]Edition: 10Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, THOUGHTS OUT OF SEASON (PART ONE) ***This eBook was produced by Holden McGroin.Thoughts Out Of Season - Part Oneby Friedrich Nietzsche THE COMPLETE WORKS OFFRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
 The First Complete and Authorised English TranslationEDITED BYDR. OSCAR LEVY VOLUME ONETHOUGHTS OUT OF SEASON PART ONE_________________________________________________________________Of the First Impression ofOne Thousand Copiesthis isNo. 1 FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE THOUGHTSOUT OF SEASON PART IDAVID STRAUSS, THE CONFESSORAND THE WRITERRICHARD WAGNER IN BAYREUTHTRANSLATED BYANTHONY M. LUDOVICI_________________________________________________________________CONTENTS. EDITORIAL NOTENIETZSCHE IN ENGLAND (BY THE EDITOR)TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE TO DAVID STRAUSS AND RICHARD WAGNER INREUTHDAVID STRAUSS, THE CONFESSOR AND THE WRITERRICHARD WAGNER IN BAYREUTH_________________________________________________________________EDITORIAL NOTE._______THE Editor begs to call attention to some of the difficulties he hadto encounter in preparing this edition of the complete works ofFriedrich Nietzsche. Not being English himself, he had to rely uponthe help of collaborators, who were somewhat slow in coming forward.
They were also few in number; for, in addition to an exact knowledgeof the German language, there was also required sympathy and a certainenthusiasm for the startling ideas of the original, as well as aconsiderable feeling for poetry, and that highest form of it,religious poetry.Such a combination--a biblical mind, yet one open to new thoughts--wasnot easily found. And yet it was necessary to find translators withsuch a mind, and not be satisfied, as the French are and must be, witha free though elegant version of Nietzsche. What is impossible andunnecessary in French--a faithful and powerful rendering of thepsalmistic grandeur of Nietzsche --is possible and necessary inEnglish, which is a rougher tongue of the Teutonic stamp, andmoreover, like German, a tongue influenced and formed by an excellentversion of the Bible. The English would never be satisfied, asBible-ignorant France is, with a Nietzsche l'Eau de Cologne--they
would require the natural, strong, real Teacher, and would prefer hisoutspoken words to the finely-chiselled sentences of the raconteur. Itmay indeed be safely predicted that once the English people haverecovered from the first shock of Nietzsche's thoughts, their biblicaltraining will enable them, more than any other nation, to appreciatethe deep piety underlying Nietzsche's Cause.As this Cause is a somewhat holy one to the Editor himself, he isready to listen to any suggestions as to improvements of style orsense coming from qualified sources. The Editor, during a recent visitto Mrs. Foerster-Nietzsche at Weimar, acquired the rights oftranslation by pointing out to her that in this way her brother'sworks would not fall into the hands of an ordinary publisher and hisstaff of translators: he has not, therefore, entered into anyengagement with publishers, not even with the present one, which couldhinder his task, bind him down to any text found faulty, or make himconsent to omissions or the falsification or "sugaring" of theoriginal text to further the sale of the books. He is therefore in aposition to give every attention to a work which he considers as of noless importance for the country of his residence than for the countryof his birth, as well as for the rest of Europe.It is the consciousness of the importance of this work which makes theEditor anxious to point out several difficulties to the youngerstudent of Nietzsche. The first is, of course, not to begin readingNietzsche at too early an age. While fully admitting that others maybe more gifted than himself, the Editor begs to state that he began tostudy Nietzsche at the age of twenty-six, and would not have been ableto endure the weight of such teaching before that time. Secondly, theEditor wishes to dissuade the student from beginning the study ofNietzsche by reading first of all his most complicated works. Nothaving been properly prepared for them, he will find the Zarathustraabstruse, the Ecce Homo conceited, and the Antichrist violent. Heshould rather begin with the little pamphlet on Education, theThoughts out of Season, Beyond Good and Evil, or the Genealogy ofMorals. Thirdly, the Editor wishes to remind students of Nietzsche'sown advice to them, namely: to read him slowly, to think over whatthey have read, and not to accept too readily a teaching which theyhave only half understood. By a too ready acceptance of Nietzsche ithas come to pass that his enemies are, as a rule, a far superior bodyof men to those who call themselves his eager and enthusiasticfollowers. Surely it is not every one who is chosen to combat a

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