Some of the book's biographical details, despite the best available information at the time, are now known to be false, yet Mencken's examination is accurate, as indeed are his personal translations of Nietzsche (for which one may see his translation of The Antichrist as a salient example); while his own feelings at times—and it would seem quite innocently and unintentionally — "muddy the water" of trying to interpret Nietzsche through Mencken (due to, for example, Mencken's own social Darwinism), his study of Nietzsche is objective on the whole, even allowing for his enthusiasm for Nietzsche.
Due to this broad and close style of examination, The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche may very well be where "Nietzsche Studies" earnestly began in America.
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