A Wanderer at the Dawn is a play about the philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche and takes place on the day of his death. His mind destroyed by tertiary syphilis, Nietzsche is partially paralyzed and under the care of his sister. As he lays dying, the play takes place in his mind as the various characters interact with him and illuminate the life and philosophy of this great anti-Christian. Details about his sickness, his relationship with the love of his life, Lou Salome, and his relationship with the great composer Richard Wagner, along with talks with his terribly disturbed sister and with his friend Paul Ree, comprise the majority of the work. Nietzsche emerges as a philosopher who refuses to compromise or stray from the truth, one who will not accept the intellectual degradation of mass movements like Christianity and one who insists Man can do better than he has.
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About the Author
Carl Reader trained as a journalist at Temple University and has worked as a reporter, photographer and editor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Montana. He's published short stories in literary magazines and on the Internet and has self-published a children's Christmas story called THE TWELFTH ELF OF KINDNESS.That book was partially published in Russia under the Sister Cities program. He's also self-published a novella called THE PERSECUTION OF WILLIAM PENN, which has been well-received in several college libraries. He works as a professional photographer and freelance writer.