Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future

Friedrich Nietzsche

A sampling of epigrams:
“There are no moral phenomena at all, only a moral interpretation of phenomena.
“The great epochs of our life are the occasions when we gain the courage to rebaptize our evil qualities as our best qualities.
“That which an age feels to be evil is usually an untimely after-echo of that which was formerly felt to be good—the atavism of an older ideal.”

Publisher: Penguin
Paperback: 240 pages

The Birth of Tragedy and The Genealogy of Morals

Friedrich Nietzsche

“The Birth of Tragedy (1872) was Nietzsche’s first book, The Genealogy of Morals (1887) one of his last. Though they span the career of this controversial genius, both address problems such as the conflict between moral versus aesthetic approaches to life, the effect of Christianity on human values, the meaning of science, and the famous dichotomy between the Apollonian and Dionysian spirits, among many themes with which Nietzsche struggled throughout his tortured life.”

Publisher: Anchor
Paperback: 299 pages

Daybreak: Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Do not think for a moment that I intend to invite you to the same hazardous enterprise! Or even only to the same solitude! For he who proceeds on his own path in this fashion encounters no one: That is inherent in ‘proceeding on one’s own path.’ No one comes along to help him: all the perils, accidents, malice and bad weather which assail him he has to tackle himself… I descended into the depths, I tunneled into the foundations, I commenced an investigation and digging out of an ancient faith, one upon which we philosophers have for a couple of millennia been accustomed to build as if upon the firmest of all foundations—and have continued to do so even though every building hitherto erected on them has fallen down: I commenced to undermine our faith in morality. But you do not understand me?”

Publisher: Cambridge University
Paperback: 233 pages

Ecce Homo

Friedrich Nietzsche

Late in 1888, only weeks before his mental collapse, Nietzsche set out “with a cynicism which will become world-historic” to narrate his own story.

Publisher: Dover
Paperback: 144 pages

Forgotten Fatherland: The Search for Elisabeth Nietzsche

Ben Macintyre

“This book is the story of two journeys, one through a remote, largely forgotten part of central South America, the other through the thickets of the vast, sometimes impenetrable literature which surrounds Friedrich Nietzsche: both were in search of his sister, Elisabeth… The story of Elisabeth Nietzsche is important partly because of the effect she had on her brother and his philosophy, both during his life and most emphatically after his death. She made him famous and she made him infamous; with her connivance, his name became associated with Nazism; but without her, he might never have been heard of at all outside a small circle of scholars. But her life is also illuminating in itself. Her ideas foreshadowed one of the darkest periods in human history, but for more than 40 years she enjoyed fame and wealth as one of Europe’s foremost literary figures; no woman, except perhaps Cosima Wagner, was more celebrated in the cultural world of prewar Germany…
Most fascinating of all to me was the unwritten story of New Germany, the racist colony Elisabeth helped to found in the middle of South America over a century ago. That community was a reflection and realization of those beliefs—anti-Semitism, vegetarianism, nationalism, Lutheranism—which Elisabeth shared with her husband, Bernhard Förster, one of the most notorious anti-Semitic agitators of his day. Elisabeth later tried to graft these ideas on to Nietzsche, the anti-anti-Semite, anti-nationalist and self-proclaimed ‘Anti-Christ.’ A measure of her success is the fact that Nietzsche’s name has still not fully shaken off the taint of fascism.”

Publisher: HarperCollins
Paperback: 256 pages

The Gay Science

Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche called The Gay Science “the most personal of my books.” It was here that he first proclaimed the death of God—to which a large part of the book is devoted—and his doctrine of eternal recurrence.

Publisher: Random House
Paperback: 396 pages

The Good European: Nietzsche’s Work Sites in Word and Image

David Farrell Krell Donald L. Bates

“Philosopher Krell and internationally recognized photographer/designer/architect Bates have teamed up to produce a stunning, visual biography of Nietzsche that focuses on the sites where he worked and on the significance of ‘place’ for his thought. In 217 black-and-white and color prints, including 44 from Nietzsche’s own collection, Krell and Bates lead the reader along the trajectory of Nietzsche’s life, presenting for the first time the visual aspect of his philosophy. Many of the included passages from Nietzsche appear here in translation for the first time, and all have been newly translated. The result is not merely an illustrated biography, but an aesthetic revelation as to why Nietzsche thought of himself as a ‘good European.’”

Publisher: University of Chicago
Hardback: 256 pages

Hammer of the Gods

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Presents Nietzsche’s most prophetic, futuristic and apocalyptic philosophies and traces them against the upheavals of the last century and the current millennial panic. This radical reinterpretation sees Nietzsche as the true guide to the madness in our society which he himself diagnosed a century ago; Nietzsche as a philosopher against society, against both the state and the herd; Nietzsche as philosopher with a hammer.”

Publisher: Creation
Paperback: 256 pages

Human, All Too Human: A Book for Free Spirits

Friedrich Nietzsche

This work marked for Nietzsche a new “positivism” and skepticism with which he challenged his previous metaphysical and psychological assumptions.

Publisher: University of Nebraska
Paperback: 312 pages

My Sister and I

Friedrich Nietzsche

The revised and updated edition of Nietzsche’s disputed final work, including textual research supporting its authenticity and translations of his final correspondence. Reportedly written in the mental institution at Jena following his celebrated mental collapse in Turin, and smuggled out by a fellow inmate to avoid the tyrannical eye of his sister (with whom he confesses to an incestuous relationship), My Sister and I is a reflective counterpoint to the megalomania and stridency of Ecce Homo.

Publisher: Amok
Paperback: 255 pages