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Nietzsche and Lou Salomé June 5, 2015

Posted by anagasto in history, philosophy.
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She was singularly clever and attractive. One after another they all fell in love with her like Nietzsche the moment he saw her and according to legend said: “What star have we both come from to meet here?”

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Lou Salomé was from Russia, and her father was a general under the Romanovs. Born in 1861, she was 20 when her mother took her to Europe, where she met Nietzsche, Freud, and Rilke. All three have become world famous.

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Nietzsche’s mother was tradition-minded and disliked Lou, but Nietzsche thought that his sister would side with him against their mother. He failed to understand that his sister was a schemer. She was a born spinster and did not appreciate the way Lou held center stage.

The Case of Lou Salome:
There is a one page story free online for those who don’t mind seeing the famous deep-thinker buzz desperately in the net of intrigues spun by the women around him..

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Here is Lou again, looking more like a German Mädel. Later she wrote about Nietzsche.

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March 2010 update: This is the young Nietzsche. And below is what I thought was Nietzsche but turned out to be King Umberto I of Savoy who was assassinated in 1899.

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February 2010 update: according to a comment just received from Gabrio Bevilacqua, this photo is not of Nietzsche, but of King Umberto I di Savoia. The photo is linked to a site in Argentina that is no longer online.

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Nietzsche thought  that reason is  a glitch in nature, a glitch overrated both by theologians and philosophers making fools of themselves.

Unlike most other philosophers, Nietzsche was a brilliant writer, easy to read.  He is probably the 20th century most widely read thinker.

The Nietzsche Family Circus lampoons famous Nietzsche quotes by haphazardly pairing them with family cartoons:

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Comments»

1. David - October 16, 2008

How beguiling! Thanks for this post. I’m almost too ashamed to admit that I’d never heard of her. But then, I have lead a very sheltered life.

2. carolina - May 19, 2009

“One could shrug this entire episode off as a trivial love triangle story, as it can be found in every pulp fiction novel – and yet, these will always be read, as the sales figures of such paperbacks show!”

“Why is that? Well, in such a “triangle”, there is always also reflected a certain element of fate, since most of the time, the parties act quite involuntarily, and fate ties the tragic knot the loosening of which holds the reader captive in compassion.”

You may find more on this question at
http://www.virtusens.de/walther/lou1_e.htm

3. cantueso - May 20, 2009

What is “an element of fate”?

4. Gabrio Bevilacqua - March 6, 2010

The last ‘Nietzsche Picture” is not Nietzsche but King Umberto I di Savoia (second King of Italy).This confusion is very frequent even in Italy where the king´s image is very familiar.
thanks

5. cantueso - March 6, 2010

To Gabrio Bevilacqua

How could I make sure that this is so? Would you know of any sources? I see that the place where I found this photo is no longer active; i.e. my link no longer works.

At any rate, thank you very much for your correction.

6. Gabrio - March 20, 2010

to cantueso

Surely is King UmbertoI, assassinated in 1899.It is a very popular picture of him in Italy.
No need of sources…any Italian can recognize him.
Nietzsche is very poor in pictures.There are no more than 20 of them.Most of those are of a younger Nietzsche that didn´t have already his famous moustache.
just ask on Google images..Umberto I re d´italia
thanks

7. cantueso - March 21, 2010

To Gabrio

Okay. Of course you are right. I did find an acceptable picture of the young Nietzsche. Very different, and not nearly as nice

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However, thank you very much for your correction!

8. Carl D'Agostino - September 3, 2011

Letters themed books about people are very insightful and fill a void that exists in the mere documentation of historical facts. Re recent book containing the letters of Ronald Reagan, for instance, reveal a man governed by kindness, compassion, empathy, sincerity aside from revealing the integrity and intensity of the love he and Nancy shared.


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