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Walter Benjamin (1892–1940)

Author of Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

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About the Author

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator and philosopher associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory.

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Works by Walter Benjamin

The Arcades Project (1982) 1,503 copies
Berlin Childhood around 1900 (1950) 435 copies
One-Way Street (1928) 255 copies
On Hashish (1972) 206 copies
Moscow Diary (1980) 204 copies
Radio Benjamin (2014) 130 copies
Understanding Brecht (1969) 123 copies
Sobre la fotografía (1997) 69 copies
On The Concept of History (1997) 59 copies
Oeuvres 1 (2000) 52 copies
Oeuvres, tome 3 (2000) 49 copies
Oeuvre, tome 2 (2000) 45 copies
Denkbilder (1974) 44 copies
Stadsgezichten (1963) 39 copies
Early Writings (1910-1917) (2011) 33 copies
Ecrits français (1991) 27 copies
Kritiken und Rezensionen (1981) 21 copies
Historias y relatos (1992) 21 copies
Rêves (2008) 21 copies
Sonnets: By Walter Benjamin (1986) 20 copies
Gesammelte Schriften; BD.6 (1972) 20 copies
Ecrits autobiographiques (1990) 19 copies
El autor como productor (2011) 17 copies
ENSAYOS ESCOGIDOS (2000) 14 copies
Drei Hörmodelle (1971) 14 copies
O anjo da historia (2010) 14 copies
Briefe (1966) 14 copies
OBRAS LIBRO II VOL II (2006) 13 copies
Berliner Chronik (1974) 13 copies
Bild och dialektik (1991) 12 copies
Discursos interrumpidos, I (1973) 12 copies
Son Bakista Ask (2000) 11 copies
Skrifter i utvalg 2 (2014) 9 copies
Skrifter i utvalg ; 1 (2014) 9 copies
Passasjeverket I (2007) 9 copies
Essais (1922-1934) (1983) 8 copies
Passasjeverket II (2007) 8 copies
Walter Benjamin (1991) 8 copies
Valik esseid (2010) 8 copies
Sur Proust (2010) 8 copies
Scritti 1923-1927 (2001) 6 copies
Ausgewählte Werke (2015) 6 copies
Ein Lesebuch (1996) 6 copies
Sur Naples (2019) 6 copies
Lettere 1913-1940 (1978) 6 copies
Essais (1983) 5 copies
Karl Kraus (2018) 5 copies
Le Surréalisme (2013) 5 copies
Kleine Kunst-Stuecke (1989) 5 copies
Aura a stopa (2007) 5 copies
Racconti (2019) 5 copies
Art i literatura (1984) 5 copies
Parque Central (2014) 5 copies
Scritti 1930-1931 (2002) 5 copies
Kulturkritiske essays (1998) 5 copies
Ecrits radiophoniques (2014) 4 copies
Språkfilosofiska texter (2013) 4 copies
Stadt des flaneurs (2015) 4 copies
Beroliniana (2001) 4 copies
Briefwechsel 1933-1940 (1983) 4 copies
Dos ensayos sobre Goethe (2000) 4 copies
Discursos interrumpidos (1901) 4 copies
Philosophie du langage (2020) 4 copies
Scritti 1934-1937 (2004) 3 copies
Ensayos escogidos (2014) 3 copies
Scritti 1906-1922 (2008) 3 copies
Ensaios sobre Literatura (2016) 3 copies
Textos esenciales (2014) 3 copies
Estética y política (2009) 3 copies
Diários de Viagem (2022) 3 copies
Kulturindustri (1973) 3 copies
Haschich à Marseille (2013) 3 copies
Wobec faszyzmu (1987) 3 copies
Scritti 1932-1933 (2003) 3 copies
Tentativas sobre Brecht (1990) 3 copies
Sonhos 2 copies
Scritti autobiografici (2019) 2 copies
Escritos sobre cine (2017) 2 copies
Das Passagen-Werk. 2 Teilbände — Author — 2 copies
Narratori 2 copies
Cuadros de un pensamiento (1992) 2 copies
le coeur froid (2019) 2 copies
París (2013) 2 copies
Podroze wyobrazni (2021) 2 copies
Sobre Baudelaire (2023) 2 copies
Agesilaus Santander (2019) 2 copies
Les chemins du labyrinthe (2005) 2 copies
Kurze Prosa (2013) 2 copies
Sonetti e poesie sparse (2010) 2 copies
Lettres françaises (2013) 2 copies
Estetize Edilmis Yasam (2015) 2 copies
Scritti politici (2011) 1 copy
*ANY 1 copy
PARILTILAR 1 copy
Diari de Moscou (1987) 1 copy
Selbstzeugnisse (2016) 1 copy
Rundfunkarbeiten (2016) 1 copy
Fotoğraf Yazıları (2019) 1 copy
La tarea del crítico (2014) 1 copy
Essai (2015) 1 copy
Mickey Mouse (2014) 1 copy
Eseji 1 copy
Dernières lettres (2014) 1 copy
Raster 13 1 copy
Flanör (2017) 1 copy
Esrar Uzerine (2012) 1 copy
Parıltılar 1 copy
Diario de Moscova (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929) — Contributor, some editions — 2,729 copies
Elective Affinities (1809) — Afterword, some editions — 2,034 copies
The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contributor — 1,385 copies
Aesthetics and Politics (2007) 647 copies
Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions (2017) — Contributor, some editions — 514 copies
Art After Modernism: Rethinking Representation (1984) — Contributor — 227 copies
Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books (2009) — Contributor — 203 copies
Cultural Resistance Reader (2002) — Contributor — 140 copies
The Conspiracy (1938) — Contributor, some editions — 132 copies
Walking in Berlin: A Flaneur in the Capital (1929) — Introduction, some editions — 121 copies
Jean Renoir (1973) — Contributor — 97 copies
Karl Blossfeldt : The alphabet of plants (1997) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Sociology of Risk and Gambling Reader (2006) — Contributor — 6 copies
Walter Benjamin (2013) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Contributor — 4 copies
i 10 : internationale revue, 1927-1929 (1979) — Contributor — 2 copies
Gestalten (1962) — Afterword — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Benjamin, Walter
Other names
Benjamin, Walter Bendix Schoenflies
בנימין, ולטר
Birthdate
1892-07-15
Date of death
1940-09-27
Burial location
Portbou, Spain
Gender
male
Nationality
Germany
Birthplace
Berlin, Germany
Place of death
Portbou, Spain
Cause of death
suicide
Places of residence
Berlin, Germany
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Bern, Switzerland
Ibiza, Spain
Paris, France
Education
Humboldt University of Berlin
University of Freiburg
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
University of Bern (Ph.D|1919)
Occupations
philosopher
literary critic
art critic
translator
Relationships
Kolmar, Gertrud (cousin)
Scholem, Gershom (friend)
Brecht, Bertolt (friend)
Koestler, Arthur (colleague)
Organizations
Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt
Short biography
Walter Benjamin was born to a Jewish family in Berlin, the eldest of three children. His parents were Pauline (Schönflies) and Emil Benjamin, a banker and businessman. Walter attended a progressive co-educational boarding school in Haubinda, and the universities of Freiburg, Berlin, Munich, and Bern. He married Dora Sophie Pollak, with whom he had a son. In 1919, Benjamin earned his PhD summa cum laude at the University of Bern with a dissertation called Der Begriff der Kunstkritik in der deutschen Romantik (The Concept of Art Criticism in German Romanticism). He returned to Berlin and worked as a literary critic and translator. His celebrated 1924 essay on Goethe's novella, The Elective Affinities, put into practice his ideas of art criticism. His book The Origins of German Tragic Drama, published in 1928, quickly received favorable attention from leading critics in Germany and abroad. Benjamin made plans for publishing a left-wing periodical to be entitled Crisis and Critique while eking out a living as a translator and freelance writer. In 1933, he left Nazi Germany, following Bertolt Brecht and many other Jewish friends into an exile he divided between Paris, Ibiza, San Remo, and Brecht's house in Denmark. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Benjamin was temporarily interned in French camps for German citizens. On his release, he returned to Paris and continued his work in the Bibliothèque Nationale before being forced to flee the invading German army in the summer of 1940. He found refuge with the Emergency Rescue Committee in Marseille led by Varian Fry. He joined a guided party that crossed the Pyrenees on foot and tried to enter Spain, but they were turned back by customs officials. In despair, and thinking he was going to be turned over to the Nazis, he committed suicide in the small Spanish border town of Portbou. The posthumous publication of his prolific writings significantly increased his renown in the later 20th century.

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filbo_2024 | Apr 24, 2024 |
"Walter Benjamin quería mostrar a sus radioescuchas diversas maneras de comprender los sucesos de la historia, admirarlos, criticarlos. Su pasión por investigar y narrar llaman al pensamiento propio, única posibilidad para la transformación libertaria de la sociedad, el arte y la vida cotidiana, en la cual la comunicación y la educación son clave". (Descripción editorial).
 
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