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Philosophy and Life of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche Nietzsche was born in Rocken Saxony Germany on October 15 1844 At age four he lost his father a Lutheran minister Nietzsche spent his childhood in Naumburg surrounded by five females a sister mother paternal grandmother and two maiden aunts After attending the prestigious boarding school at Pforta Nietzsche studied classical philology at Bonn and Liepzig In May 1869 at the age of 24 the brilliant scholar was awarded his doctorate without thesis or examination so that he could accept a professorship at the University of Basel Switzerland This was in part due to a recommendation from Friedrich Ritschl a professor at Liepzig However many young talents I have seen develop under my eyes for thirty-nine years now never yet have I known a young man or tried to help one along in my fields as best I could who is mature as early and as young as this Nietzsche His museum articles he wrote in the second and third year of his triennium He is the first from whom I have ever accepted any contribution at all the while he was still a student If-God -Grant he lives long enough I prophesy that he will one day stand in the front rank of German Philology He is now twenty-four years old strong vigorous healthy courageous physically and morally so constituted as to impress those of a similar nature On top of that he possesses the enviable gift of presenting ideas talking freely as calmly as he speaks skillfully and clearly He is the idol and without wishing it the leader of the whole younger generation of philologists here in Liepzig who-and they are rather numerous-cannot wait to hear him lecture You will say I describe phenomenon Well that is just what he is-and at the same time pleasant and modest Also a gifted musician which is irrelevant hereThe Portable Nietzsche7 As a student Nietzsche had
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