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By Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

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Intrigued by what he had found, Urban purchased the book, took it home with him, and read it voraciously through the night. " As the bright morning sun began to filter into his room, the "curious" mixture of terror and delight that marked his all-night 29 CHAPTER ONE vigil with Nietzsche lingered. Though still enlivened and bewildered by what he had read, though his mind continued to race with new ideas, one thing was certain: Urban knew immediately that he had encountered a thinker who would forever change his view of himself and his world.

45 Mencken considered Huneker not only America's "official" ambassador for European philosophy and aesthetics but also, more significantly, the "first [in America] to sense the true stature of Nietzsche. "46 Over the course of his three-decade-plus engagement with Nietzsche's philosophy, Huneker promoted a thinker who stripped himself of"all metaphysical baggage" and "dared to be naked" of every vestige of speculative thought. 47 He described him as a titanic naysayer who decried the entire fund of nineteenth-century morality-from Christian sentimentalism to secular humanism, scientific socialism, and democratic idealism-as confessions of a Western civilization in precipitous decline.

But these would only have confirmed that what Urban experienced as his moral awakening that night in Jena was intimately personal, generational, and yet broadly cultural. Urban, like so many others after him, came to mark his own intellectual development according to that first contact with Nietzsche. For him it was an event, which marked nothing less than the beginning of his "self-conscious purposive thinking. "21 He, like Nietzsche himself, wasn't sure where it was going to lead him, but he was certain where it would lead him from.

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