Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) was a German-Jewish Marxist literary critic, essayist, translator, and philosopher. He was at times associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and is the author of Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and The Origin of German Tragic Drama.
Everything which fell under the scrutiny of his words was transformed, as though it had become radioactive. --Theodor Adorno A complex and brilliant writer. --J.M. Coetzee Walter Benjamin was one of the unclassifiable ones ... whose work neither fits the existing order nor introduces a new genre. --Hannah Arendt Benjamin buckled himself to the task of revolutionary transformation ... his life and work speak challengingly to us all. --Terry Eagleton There has been no more original, no more serious critic and reader in our time. --George Steiner