Afterword: For Further Exploration

There is no substitute for your own first-hand encounter with Nietzsche's books, preferably in chronological order:

A complete, bilingual collection of Nietzsche's poems is available in The Peacock and the Buffalo by James Luchte.

Among the vast literature on Nietzsche's life and thought, I have found the following to be especially insightful: When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin Yalom; Nietzsche in Turin by Leslie Chamberlain; Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist by Peter Berkowitz; Pious Nietzsche by Bruce Ellis Benson; and Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Rüdiger Safranski.

Songs of Zarathustra is the second volume in a six-movement suite of books I'm writing on the art of living:

  1. The Tao of Roark: Variations on a Theme from Ayn Rand (2012)
  2. Songs of Zarathustra: Poetic Perspectives on Nietzsche's Philosophy of Life (2018)
  3. The Upland Farm: Thoreau on Cultivating a Better Life (2017)
  4. Letters on Happiness: An Epicurean Dialogue (2013)
  5. Gods Among Men: A Novel of Pyrrho and Alexander the Great (forthcoming)
  6. Complete Thyself: Aristotle on Human Fulfillment (forthcoming)

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