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The Kritische Studienausgabe is a paperback edition of the philosophical works of Friedrich Nietzsche, in 15 volumes. Since 1967, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin-New York, has been publishing the authoritative critical edition of Nietzsches completeMoreThe Kritische Studienausgabe is a paperback edition of the philosophical works of Friedrich Nietzsche, in 15 volumes. Since 1967, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin-New York, has been publishing the authoritative critical edition of Nietzsches complete works, Kritische Gesamtausgabe (KGW), edited by Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari. Divided into 8 sections, the entire edition will comprise approximately 33 volumes, 19 of which have been published to date.The most important result of the editors 13 years of work on this critical edition is that Nietzsches posthumous writings from 1869 to 1889, (the period from the preparatory work on the Birth of Tragedy up to the time of Nietzsches mental collapse) are published in their entirety. These posthumous writings comprise some 5,000 pages, a considerable increase over the 3,500 pages in the most complete previous edition, the famous Gross-oktav-Ausgabe (Leipzig, 1894-1926, Naumann/Kroner).Now, with the publication of the paperback critical edition, Nietzsches posthumous works are finally available to a wider audience.For the first time in the history of Nietzsche editions, the Kritische Gesamtausgabe includes not only Nietzsches complete works and posthumous writings from 1869-1889, but also full critical and philological commentary. Volume 14 of the paperback edition condenses in approximately 800 pages selected material from the critical apparatus of the hardcover edition as published to date. This volume contains selected variant readings, complete footnotes, and in cases where the text is similar in subject matter to material in the critical apparatus of the hardcover edition, this is indicated. Since the Kritische Studienausgabe is a collection of the philosophical works of Friedrich Nietzsche from 1869, Juvenilia, philological writings, and the Basel Lectures have been omitted (but may be found in the Kritische Gesamtausgabe). The works that are included in the paperback edition are otherwise identical in text to the hardcover edition, and a comparative page-index contained in volume 15 facilitates cross-referencing between the paperback and the Kritische Gesamtausgabe.A detailed chronicle of Nietzsches life from 1869-1889, numerous excerpts from letters by Nietzsche, his family, and his contemporaries, as well as related documents, help to show the relationship between Nietzsches life and his work. A 100-page index makes the works, posthumous writings and commentaries easily accessible.The publication of the Kritische Studienausgabe finally makes an authoritative paperback edition of Nietzsches work available at a reasonable price.