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By Walter Benjamin

Called “the most crucial critic of his time” via Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin has simply develop into extra influential through the years, as his paintings has assumed an important position in present debates over the interactions of artwork, tradition, and which means. A “natural and notable expertise for letter writing used to be probably the most beautiful features of his nature,” writes Gershom Scholem in his Foreword to this quantity; and Benjamin's correspondence unearths the evolution of a few of his strongest rules, whereas additionally providing an intimate photograph of Benjamin himself and the days within which he lived.
Writing at size to Scholem and Theodor Adorno, and changing letters with Rainer Maria Rilke, Hannah Arendt, Max Brod, and Bertolt Brecht, Benjamin elaborates on his principles approximately metaphor and language. He displays on literary figures from Kafka to Karl Kraus, and expounds his own attitudes towards such topics as Marxism and French nationwide personality. offering an integral device for any pupil wrestling with Benjamin’s paintings, The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910–1940 is a revelatory examine the fellow in the back of a lot of the 20 th century’s most vital criticism.

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