By William Gaddis
Contributor note: later on by means of Sarah Gaddis
Now famous as one of many giants of postwar American fiction, William Gaddis (1922-98) kept away from the highlight in the course of his existence, which makes this selection of his letters a revelation.
Beginning in 1930 whilst Gaddis was once at boarding-school and finishing in September 1998, a couple of months ahead of his dying, those letters functionality as a type of autobiography, and are all of the extra invaluable simply because Gaddis used to be no longer an autobiographical author.
Here we see him forging his first novel The Recognitions (1955) whereas residing in Mexico, battling in a revolution in Costa Rica, and dealing in Spain, France, and North Africa. Over the following 20 years he struggles to discover time to jot down the nationwide booklet Award-winning J R (1975) amid the problems of labor and kin; offers with divorce and disillusionment prior to reviving his profession with Carpenter 's Gothic (1985); then teaches himself sufficient concerning the legislation to indite A Frolic of His Own (1994), which earned him one other NBA. Returning to a subject matter he first wrote approximately within the Nineteen Forties, he finishes his final novel Agape Agape as he lay loss of life.
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He not only speaks diﬀerently, he is just diﬀerent... Alone I go now, my disciples! * Thus I will it. Go away from me and guard yourselves against Zarathustra! And better still: be ashamed of him! Perhaps he has deceived you. The man of understanding must be able not only to love his enemies, but also to hate his friends. One repays a teacher poorly if one always remains only a student. And why would you not pluck at my wreath? You revere me: but what if your reverence should some day collapse?
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NOTE ON THE TEXT AND TRANSLATION The text on which this translation is based is the standard German edition, Ecce homo. Wie man wird, was man ist, prepared by Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari (KSA 6: 255–374). Where possible I have retained Nietzsche’s idiosyncratic punctuation, which the Colli–Montinari edition restores after previous editors discreetly standardized it. Instances of Nietzsche’s double emphasis have been rendered in bold type. I am grateful to my colleague Fritz Gregor Herrmann, with whom I discussed parts of the ﬁnal draft of the translation, and to Graham Parkes for permission to reprint substantial excerpts from his Oxford World’s Classics translation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
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