Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910-1940
Called \u201cthe most important critic of his time\u201d 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 \u201cnatural and extraordinary talent for letter writing was one of the most captivating facets of his nature,\u201d 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 and Atilde;s work, The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910 and ndash;1940 is a revelatory look at the man behind much of the twentieth century and Atilde;s most significant criticism.
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