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- DescriptionCalled 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 Ador, 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.
- Author BiographyWalter 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.
- Author(s)Walter Benjamin
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication07/09/2012
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note2 halftones
- Weight907 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Edited byGershom Scholen,Theodor W. Adorno
- Translated byManfred R. Jacobson,Evelyn M. Jacobson
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