Antedating of "Superman"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 2 01:51:20 UTC 2006

superman (OED 1903)

1896 _Monist_ Apr. 460 ff. (American Periodical Series)
However ingenious the idea of a super-man, as pronounced by Nietzsche, may
be, and however cleverly the new word is coined, Nietzsche carries his
propositions to such extremes that in spite of many flashes of truth they
become in the end ridiculous and even absurd.

Fred Shapiro

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