R. J. Hollingdale

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Reginald John Hollingdale
Born (1930-10-20)20 October 1930
Streatham, London, England
Died 28 September 2001(2001-09-28) (aged 70)
Nationality English
Other names R. J. Hollingdale,
"Reg" Hollingdale
Citizenship Great Britain
Education Bec Grammar School, Tooting
Known for Translator of German Literature
Religion None (atheist)
Children James, Frances

Reginald John "R. J." Hollingdale (20 October 1930 – 28 September 2001) was best known as a biographer and a translator of German philosophy and literature, especially the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, G. C. Lichtenberg, and Schopenhauer. Hollingdale was also 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 World War II.[1] Hollingdale was an atheist.[2]

"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.[3]

Partial bibliography[edit]

Original works[edit]

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

Translations[edit]

As composed or published by Friedrich Nietzsche in chronological order:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diethe, Carol (October 10, 2001). "Obituary: RJ Hollingdale". London: The Guardian. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ Diethe, Carol (October 10, 2001). "Obituary: RJ Hollingdale". London: The Guardian. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ Diethe, Carol (October 10, 2001). "Obituary: RJ Hollingdale". London: The Guardian. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 

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