Lyster on Nietzsche (Gogarty, 1937)

1.469-70, 708-9, 727-28. Oliver St. John Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street: A Phantasy in Fact, (London: Rich & Cowan, Ltd., 1937), pp. 8-9. BL 010821.ff.38

An extract from Oliver St. J. Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street (1937).

In this passage, Gogarty is recalling a conversation with William Lyster, in which the librarian lectured the younger man on the potential dangers involved in releasing Nietzsche for undergraduate reading:

It is trying work, conducting a National Library . . . even the students who come here from the Universities are wholly undirected in their reading. . . . who is to lead the mind in the direction of educational reading but I, the Librarian? I believe that, next to the irremediable harm of a general education by which they are left open to any influence, any sinister author, the second grievous thing is undirected reading. . . . Think of the harm Nietzsche could do to the half-informed minds of some of our undergraduates. And yet, because doubtless of some ‘review,’ I find his name put down not once but twice, for those authors which are to be acquired by us. Some little undeveloped fellow wants to glory vicariously in Battle!

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