Uncle Adolf’s table talk, 72

  Night of 24th-25th January 1942 Origin of Tristan and Isolda—Cosima Wagner—Wahnfried—The Makart style—Bayreuth—On the Nuremberg Congress.     Whatever one says, Tristan is Wagner’s masterpiece, and we owe Tristan to the love Mathilde Wesendonck inspired in him. She was a gentle, loving woman, but far from having the qualities of Cosima. Nobody like Wagner…

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Arthur de Gobineau’s

Essai Sur L’Inégalité des Races Humaines “We (Wagner and Cosima) have done nothing but talk about you and your Essay since noon, when my husband came to tell me of the pleasure and interest he has found in reading chapter thirteen, which has absorbed him since he began it. Parsifal has been cornered into reading…

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“Her little child”

Excerpted from Werner Ross’s Der ängstliche Adler – Friedrich Nietzsches Leben (1980): Carl Ludwig Nietzsche, Nietzsche’s father The boy does not remember the Röcken home dominated by women, but only the image of the father, idealized on par as it gradually fades out. The pious rural cleric remains completely safe from the uprising against Christianity,…

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