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Walter Benjamin
(1892-1940) born on
Jul 15
German man of letters, aesthetician. He is now considered to have been the most important German literary critic in the first half of the 20th century.
         
   
F
The book borrower . . . proves himself to be an inveterate collector of books not so much by the fervor with which he guards his borrowed treasures . . . as by his failure to read these books.

R
Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
A
Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.
N
Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.
K
Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Unpacking My Library," 1931.
R: "Unpacking My Library," 1931.
A: "The Storyteller," sct. 8, 1936.
N: "One-Way Street," "Caution: Steps," 1928.
K: "One-Way Street," "Post No Bills: The Critic's Technique in Thirteen Theses," 1928.
   


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