The Complete Correspondence 1928-1940 by Theodor W. Adorno & Walter Benjamin

The Complete Correspondence 1928-1940 by Theodor W. Adorno & Walter Benjamin

Author:Theodor W. Adorno & Walter Benjamin
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Wiley
Published: 2012-11-14T16:00:00+00:00



9 May 1937

Paris XIV

23 rue Bénard

1 the blessed Ludwig: an allusion to Emil Ludwig (1881–1948), who wrote one biography entitled Der Menschensohn [The Son of Man] (1928), as well as biographies of Goethe, Napoleon and Bismarck.

2 Marcuse: Benjamin is referring here to Ludwig Marcuse (1894–1971).

3 E. A. Rheinhardt: Emil Alphons Rheinhardt (1889–1945), who was murdered in Dachau concentration camp, was the author of Das Leben der Eleonora Duse (Berlin 1928), Napoleon III und Eugenie (Berlin 1930) and Der grosse Herbst Heinrichs IV. (Vienna 1935).

4 Frischauer: the Austrian writer and journalist Paul Frischauer (born 1898), who worked for the Berliner Tageblatt and the Vossische Zeitung, emigrated to England in 1934. He had written books on Prince Eugen (Vienna 1933), Garibaldi (Zurich 1934) and Beaumarchais (London 1935).

5 Karl Kraus / Offenbach’s operetta: cf. the passage in Benjamin’s essay ‘Karl Kraus’ (GS II [1], pp. 356f).

6 Bloch mentions the book … in his last letter: Bloch’s letter is dated 26 April 1937 (cf. Ernst Bloch, Briefe 1903–1975, vol. 2, pp. 667f).

7 the date of your arrival here: Adorno stayed in Paris from 2 July for a while before travelling on to New York.


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