Lou von Salome: A Biography of the Woman Who Inspired Freud, Nietzsche and Rilke

Lou von Salome: A Biography of the Woman Who Inspired Freud, Nietzsche and Rilke

by Julia Vickers


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The daughter of an illustrious Russian general, Lou von Salome left her home in the heart of Tsarist Russia to conquer intellectual Europe at the tender age of 18. Eventually settling in Germany, she became a best-selling novelist, a groundbreaking essayist, and a well-known literary critic. In addition to all this, Salome was a real-life muse for some of the most brilliant men of her time.
This biography tells the story of Salome's entire life and career, focusing on her young adulthood; celibate marriage with linguistics scholar Carl Friedrich Andreas; rumored affairs with Friedrich Nietzsche, Rainier Maria Rilke, and several other authors and poets; and her relationship with Sigmund Freud, which was marked most notably by their contrasting views of psychoanalysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786436064
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Pages: 217
Sales rank: 982,361
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Writer, producer, editor and researcher Julia Vickers works for the PBS program, Religion and Ethics. She lives in Germantown, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

Introduction 3


1. A Russian General’s Daughter 9

2. Ecco Homo 18

3. Girl Genius 25

4. The Nietzsche Experience 32

5. Any Third Person 47

6. The Birth of a Tragedy 53

7. Divine Inspiration 59

8. The Mysterious Mr. Andreas 66


9. Marriage—and a Life 75

10. In Nietzsche’s Shadow 81

11. L’homme Eternal 87

12. The Inspiration of a Young Poet 105

13. Love and Other Difficulties 115

14. To Russia, with Love 130

15. Together, Alone 137

16. The Land in Between 145


17. Oedipus Rex 157

18. Ego and Eros 164

19. The Beautiful Narcissist 172

20. That of Loss 178

21. Return to the All 188

Afterword 193

Chapter Notes 195

Bibliography 205

Index 207

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