Walter Benjamin is recognized as one of the most acute analysts of literary and sociological phenomenon of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He died in 1940.
"There has been no more original, no more serious critic and reader
in our time."
"Benjamin is a legitimate ancestor of much that for the moment
is most alive in criticism."
--The Nation "This book is just that: reflections of a highly polished mind that uncannily approximate the century's fragments of shattered traditions." - Time