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Title Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht : the story of a friendship / Erdmut Wizisla ; translated by Christine Shuttleworth.
Author Wizisla, Erdmut, 1958-
Publication London ; New York : Verso, 2016.
Description xxvii, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Call # 838 BENJAMIN W
Note First published in English in Great Britain by Libris, 2009; and in the United States by Yale University Press, 2009.
Originally published in German as Benjamin und Brecht, in 2004.
Summary Germany in the mid 1920s, a place and time of looming turmoil, brought together Walter Benjamin--acclaimed critic and extraordinary literary theorist--and Bertolt Brecht, one of the twentieth century's most influential playwrights. It was a friendship that would shape their writing for the rest of their lives. In this groundbreaking work, Erdmut Wizisla explores what this relationship meant for them personally and professionally, as well as the effect it had on those around them. From the first meeting between Benjamin and Brecht to their experiences in exile, these eventful lives are illuminated by personal correspondence, journal entries and private miscellany--including previously unpublished materials--detailing the friends' electric discussions of their collaboration. Wizisla delves into the archives of other luminaries in the distinguished constellation of writers and artists in Weimar Germany, which included Margarete Steffin, Theodor Adorno, Ernst Bloch and Hannah Arendt. Wizisla's account of this friendship opens a window on nearly two decades of European intellectual life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-229) and indexes.
Subject Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940 -- Friends and associates.
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956 -- Friends and associates.
Germany -- History -- 1918-1933.
Germany -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940. (OCoLC)fst00052359
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. (OCoLC)fst00031391
Friendship. (OCoLC)fst00935174
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Shuttleworth, Christine.
Addl. Title Benjamin und Brecht. English
Cover Ti Benjamin and Brecht : the story of a friendship
ISBN 9781784781125 (paperback) :
1784781126 (paperback)

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