The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910-1940

by Walter Benjamin

The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910-1940 Synopsis

Called the most important critic of his time by Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin has only become more influential over the years, as his work has assumed a crucial place in current debates over the interactions of art, culture, and meaning. A natural and extraordinary talent for letter writing was one of the most captivating facets of his nature, writes Gershom Scholem in his foreword to this volume; and Benjamin's correspondence reveals the evolution of some of his most powerful ideas, while also offering an intimate picture of Benjamin himself and the times in which he lived. Writing at length to Scholem and Theodor Adorno, and exchanging letters with Rainer Maria Rilke, Hannah Arendt, Max Brod, and Bertolt Brecht, Benjamin elaborates on his ideas about metaphor and language. He reflects on literary figures from Kafka to Karl Kraus, and expounds his personal attitudes toward such subjects as Marxism and French national character. Providing an indispensable tool for any scholar wrestling with Benjamin's work, The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin is a revelatory look at the man behind much of the twentieth century's most significant criticism.

The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910-1940 Press Reviews

There has been no more original, no more serious, critic and reader in our time. (George Steiner)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226042381
Publication date: 7th September 2012
Author: Walter Benjamin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 674 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -, Literary studies: general, Diaries, letters & journals,

About Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was a German philosopher, writer, and literary critic. Manfred R. Jacobson is professor emeritus of modern languages and literatures and Evelyn M. Jacobson is professor of modern languages and literatures at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

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