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- DescriptionIn the frenzied final years of the Weimar Republic, amid ecomic collapse and mounting political catastrophe, Walter Benjamin emerged as the most original practicing literary critic and public intellectual in the German-speaking world. Volume 2 of the Selected Writings is w available in paperback in two parts. In Part 1, Benjamin is represented by two of his greatest literary essays, Surrealism and On the Image of Proust, as well as by a long article on Goethe and a generous selection of his wide-ranging commentary for Weimar Germany's newspapers. Part 2 contains, in addition to the important longer essays, Franz Kafka, Karl Kraus, and The Author as Producer, the extended autobiographical meditation A Berlin Chronicle, and extended discussions of the history of photography and the social situation of the French writer, previously untranslated shorter pieces on such subjects as language and memory, theological criticism and literary history, astrology and the newspaper, and on such influential figures as Paul Valery, Stefan George, Hitler, and Mickey Mouse.
- Author BiographyWalter Benjamin (1892-1940) was the author of many works of literary and cultural analysis. Michael W. Jennings is Professor of German, Princeton University. Howard Eiland teaches literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gary Smith is an editor at work on the Einstein Papers project.
- Author(s)Walter Benjamin
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication07/06/2005
- LanguageEnglish & German
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Belknap Press
- Content Note8 halftones
- Weight686 g
- Width162 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Series Edited byMichael W. Jennings,Howard Eiland,Gary Smith
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Trade paperback (US)
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