R. J. Hollingdale (1930-2001)

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R. J. Hollingdale

Reginald John "R. J." Hollingdale 20 October 1930 – 28 September 2001 was a British biographer and translator of German philosophy and literature, especially the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, G. C. Lichtenberg, and Schopenhauer.

Life and career

"Reg" Hollingdale dropped out of Bec Grammar School, Tooting at the age of 16 in order become a journalist, working in a junior position for a Croydon newspaper. He was called up to the Royal Air Force at a young age in the late 1940s, as part of his National Service, 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 in 1991–1992. He also worked as a sub-editor at The Guardian and as a critic for The Times Literary Supplement.

Hollingdale was 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 the Second World War. Hollingdale was an atheist.

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Original works

  • Nietzsche: The Man and his Philosophy 1965; 2nd rvd. edn., 2001
  • Thomas Mann: A Critical Study 1973
  • A Nietzsche Reader 1978
  • Western Philosophy: An Introduction 1994


  • Essays and Aphorisms, selections from Parerga and Paralipomena, by Arthur Schopenhauer 1973
  • Elective Affinities, by Goethe 1978
  • Tales of Hoffmann, by E. T. A. Hoffmann 1982
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As composed or published by Friedrich Nietzsche in chronological order:

  • The Untimely Meditations 1983
  • Human, All-Too-Human: A Book for Free Spirits 1986
  • Daybreak 1982
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One 1961.
  • Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future 1973
  • On the Genealogy of Morals with Walter Kaufmann 1967
  • Twilight of the Idols / The Antichrist 1968
  • Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is 1986
  • The Will to Power with Walter Kaufmann 1967
  • Dithyrambs of Dionysus 2001
Best Known For: Translator of German Literature
Children names: James, Frances
Citizen Of: Great Britain
R. J. Hollingdale

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