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Reginald John Hollingdale (October 20, 1930 – September 28, 2001) was best known as a biographer and a translator of German philosophy and literature, especially the works of Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a 19th-century German philosopher, poet, composer and classical philologist...

, Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath. He is considered the supreme genius of modern German literature. His works span the fields of poetry, drama, prose, philosophy, and science. His Faust has been called the greatest long...

, E.T.A. Hoffmann
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann , better known by his pen name E.T.A. Hoffmann , was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist...

, G. C. Lichtenberg
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany...

, and Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity. At age 25, he published his doctoral dissertation, On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, which examined the four separate manifestations of reason in the phenomenal...

. Hollingdale was also elected president of The Friedrich Nietzsche Society in 1989. Along with Walter Kaufmann, he was responsible for rehabilitating Nietzsche's reputation in the English-speaking world after World War II. Hollingdale was an atheist.

"Reg" Hollingdale dropped out of Bec Grammar School, Tooting
Tooting is a district in south London, England, located in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is situated south south-west of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.-History:...

 at the age of 16 in order becoma journalist, working in a junior position for a Croydon newspaper. He was called up to the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world...

 at a remarkably young age in 1940 for two years before returning to journalism. After paying his way through private German lessons, and immersing himself in German literature and philosophy, Hollingdale earned the respect of readers and academics with his translations and studies of German cultural figures. Despite not possessing a degree, Hollingdale was elected president of a scholarly society, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is a public university located in Melbourne, Victoria. Founded in 1853, it is the second oldest university in Australia and the oldest in Victoria...

 in 1991–1992. He also worked as a sub-editor at The Guardian
The Guardian
The Guardian, formerly known as The Manchester Guardian , is a British national daily newspaper in the Berliner format...

and as a critic for The Times Literary Supplement
The Times Literary Supplement
The Times Literary Supplement is a weekly literary review published in London by News International, a subsidiary of News Corporation.-History:...


Original Works

  • Nietzsche: The Man and his Philosophy (1965; 2nd rvd. edn., 2001)
  • Thomas Mann
    Thomas Mann
    Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual...

    : A Critical Study
  • Western Philosophy: An Introduction (1994)


  • Essays and Aphorisms, selections from Parerga and Paralipomena
    Parerga and Paralipomena
    Parerga and Paralipomena is a collection of philosophical reflections by Arthur Schopenhauer published in 1851...

    , by Arthur Schopenhauer (1973)
  • Elective Affinities
    Elective Affinities
    Elective Affinities , also translated under the title Kindred by Choice, is the third novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, published in 1809. The title is taken from a scientific term once used to describe the tendency of chemical species to combine with certain substances or species in preference...

    , by Goethe (1978)
  • Tales of Hoffmann, by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1982)
  • Aphorisms, by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1990) ISBN 0-14-044519-6; (Reprinted as The Waste Books 2000)

As composed or published by Friedrich Nietzsche in chronological order:
  • The Untimely Meditations
    The Untimely Meditations
    Untimely Meditations consists of four works by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, started in 1873 and completed in 1876....

  • Human, All-Too-Human: A Book for Free Spirits (1986)
  • Daybreak
    The Dawn (book)
    The Dawn is a book written by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in 1881 ....

  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra
    Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885...

    : A Book for Everyone and No One (1961, trans. Hollingdale).
  • Beyond Good and Evil
    Beyond Good and Evil
    Beyond Good and Evil is a book by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, first published in 1886.It takes up and expands on the ideas of his previous work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but approached from a more critical, polemical direction....

    : Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
  • On the Genealogy of Morals (with Walter Kaufmann) (1967)
  • Twilight of the Idols
    Twilight of the Idols
    Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer is a book by Friedrich Nietzsche, written in 1888, and published in 1889.-Genesis:...

    / The Antichrist
    The Antichrist (book)
    The Antichrist is a book by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, originally published in 1895. Although it was written in 1888, its controversial content made Franz Overbeck and Heinrich Köselitz delay its publication, along with Ecce Homo...

  • Ecce Homo
    Ecce Homo
    Ecce Homo are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate in the Vulgate translation of the , when he presents a scourged Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion. The original Greek is Ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος . The King James Version translates the phrase...

    : How One Becomes What One Is
  • The Will to Power
    The Will to Power
    The Will to Power is the title given to a book of selectively reordered notes from the literary remains of Friedrich Nietzsche by his sister Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche and Heinrich Köselitz...

    (with Walter Kaufmann) (1967)
  • Dithyrambs of Dionysus (2001)
  • A Nietzsche Reader (1978)

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