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Record 5982

Reading Experience:

[Muir undertook 'intense study of Nietzsche'] "I tried, when I came to Nietzsche's last works, 'The Twilight of the Idols' and 'Ecce Homo', to ignore the fact that they were tinged with madness... I adopted the watchword of 'intellectual honesty', and in its name committed every conceivable sin against honesty of feeling and honesty in the mere perception of the world... my Nietzscheanism was what psychologists call a 'compensation'. I ccould not face my life as it was, and so I took refuge in the fantasy of the Superman".'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: unknown
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Glasgow
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Edwin Muir
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 15 May 1887
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: later poet
Religion: Protestant
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Title: The Twilight of the Idols
Genre: Philosophy
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 5982  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 429
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 429,, accessed: 30 May 2020

Additional comments:

See Edwin Muir, 'The Story and the Fable' (1940), pp. 129-53.



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