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The Gay Science


The Gay Science (German: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft) or The Joyful Wisdom is a book by Friedrich Nietzsche, first published in 1882 and followed by a second edition, which was published after the completion of Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil, in 1887. This substantial expansion includes a fifth book and an appendix of songs. It was noted by Nietzsche to be "the most personal of all [his] books", and contains the greatest number of poems in any of his published works.
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original title: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft
date of publication: 1882
genre: philosophy
main subject: God is dead
follows: The Dawn
followed by: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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