The Complete Correspondence, 1928-1940

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The correspondence between Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, which appears here for the first time in its entirety in English translation, must rank among the most significant to have come down to us from that notable age of barbarism, the twentieth century. Benjamin and Adorno formed a uniquely powerful pair. Benjamin, riddle-like in his personality and given to tactical evasion, and Adorno, full of his own importance, alternately support and compete with each other throughout the correspondence, until its imminent tragic end becomes apparent to both writers. Each had met his match, and happily, in the other. This book is the story of an elective affinity. Adorno was the only person who managed to sustain an intimate intellectual relationship with Benjamin for nearly twenty years. No one else, not even Gershom Scholem, coaxed so much out of Benjamin.

The more than one hundred letters in this book will allow readers to trace the developing character of Benjamin's and Adorno's attitudes toward each other and toward their many friends. When this book appeared in German, it caused a sensation because it includes passages previously excised from other German editions of the letters--passages in which the two friends celebrate their own intimacy with frank remarks about other people. Ideas presented elliptically in the theoretical writings are set forth here with much greater clarity. Not least, the letters provide material crucial for understanding the genesis of Benjamin's Arcades Project.

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The surviving correspondence between Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno, which appears here for the first time in its entirety in English translation, documents one of the most remarkable and intense intellectual relationships of modern times. In over a hundred letters, which range from brief and cordial exchanges to dense and detailed theoretical elucidations, it is now possible to trace the complex and developing character of Benjamin's and Adorno's attitudes to one another, and not least to many of their mutual friends, like Scholem, Bloch and Brecht. The correspondence also reveals the considerable 152s to which Adorno went in furthering Benjamin's interests intellectually and financially, and provides further insight into the cultural politics of the period and those of the Institute for Social Research. Both correspondents express their sharply formulated opinions in an extremely candid and vivid fashion. When this book appeared in German, it caused a sensation because it included passages previously excised in other versions of the letters - passages in which the two friends celebrate their own intimacy with frank remarks about other people. The animated discussion of central concepts in Benjamin's work - the aura, the notion of authentic experience, the perspective of redemptive criticism - makes the letters an invaluable resource for all students of this complex and enigmatic figure, and further clarifies the affinities and differences between his work and that of Adorno. And, naturally, the letters reveal the correspondents' hopes and fears, and often their illusions, in the context of rapidly unfolding political and social developments in a drastic period of modern history. The letters are extensively annotated with details concerning topics, writings, events and personalities directly referred to or implicitly alluded to in the correspondence, and the subjects discussed are cross-referenced with the relevant passages in the complete editions of Benjamin's and Adorno's work.

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The extraordinary and unique qualities of this correspondence stem from the confrontation, in stages, between two of the most intense and energetic minds of the century.-Fredric R. Jameson, Duke University

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