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Early Writings, 1910-1917

Walter Benjamin ; translated by Howard Eiland and others
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.
Language
Translated from the German
Uniform Title
Works English 2011
ISBN
9780674049932, 0674049934
Summary
In this addition to a project to bring to English-speaking audiences the work of Benjamin (1892-1940), an important German-Jewish philosopher and critic, this annotated translation compiles a selection of his shorter writings written between the ages of 17 and 25. Eiland (literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) traces these poems, short stories, and essays back to Benjamin's high school/German Youth Movement days. Following biographical and cultural context, the chronologically-arranged selections span his interests in creativity, educational reform, religion, "the metaphysics of youth," and the works of Holderlin, Balzac, and Dostoevsky, among others.
Contents
  • 1. The Poet (1910)
  • 2. At Night: Thoughts Suggested by a Schumann Composition (1910)
  • 3. The Three Who Sought Religion (1910)
  • 4. Storm (1910)
  • 5. Spring's Hideaway (1910)
  • 6. Sleeping Beauty (1911)
  • 7. Diary, Pentecost 1911
  • 8. The Free School Community (1911)
  • 9. The Pan of Evening (ca. 1911)
  • 10. Curriculum Vitae (1911)
  • 11. Epilogue (1912)
  • 12. School Reform: A Cultural Movement (1912)
  • 13. Dialogue on the Religiosity of the Present (1912)
  • 14. Quiet Story (ca. 1912)
  • 15. Estranged Land (1913)
  • 16. Teaching and Valuation (1913)
  • 17. Romanticism: An Undelivered Address to Students (1913)
  • 18. Moral Education (1913)
  • 19. "Experience" (1913)
  • 20. Thoughts on Gerhart Hauptmann's Festival Play (1913)
  • 21. The Aviator (ca. 1913)
  • 22. Death of the Father: A Short Story (1913)
  • 23. Romanticism: Reply of the "Unsanctified" (1913)
  • 24. Youth Was Silent (1913)
  • 25. Conversation on Love (ca. 1913)
  • 26. The Metaphysics of Youth (1913-1914)
  • 27. Student Authors' Evenings (1913-1914)
  • 28. Erotic Education (1913-1914)
  • 29. The Religious Position of the New Youth (1914)
  • 30. Two Poems by Friedrich Holderlin: "The Poets Courage" and "Timidity" (1914-1915)
  • 31. The Life of Students (1914-1915)
  • 32. A Child's View of Color (1914-1915)
  • 33. The Rainbow: A Conversation about Imagination (ca. 1915)
  • 34. The Rainbow, or The Art of Paradise (ca. 1915)
  • 35. The Happiness of Ancient Man (1916)
  • 36. Socrates (1916)
  • 37. On the Middle Ages (1916)
  • 38. Trauerspiel and Tragedy (1916)
  • 39. The Role of Language in Trauerspiel and Tragedy (1916)
  • 40. On Language as Such and on the Language of Man (1916)
  • 41. Aphorisms (ca. 1916-1917)
  • 42. Balzac (ca. 1916-1917)
  • 43. Dostoevsky's The Idiot (1917)
  • 44. On Seeing the Morning Light (1917)
  • 45. The Centaur (1917).
Description
vi, 303 pages ; 22 cm
Notes
  • A selection of shorter works by Walter Benjamin, between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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