Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius

By Detlev Claussen

He was once famously opposed to biography as a literary shape. And but this lifetime of Adorno by way of certainly one of his final scholars is way greater than literary in its accomplishments, giving us our first transparent examine how the guy and his second met to create “critical theory.” An intimate photo of the imperative twentieth-century transatlantic highbrow, the ebook can also be a window at the cultural ferment of Adorno’s day―and its ongoing significance in our own.

The biography starts off on the shining second of the German bourgeoisie, in an international ruled by way of liberals prepared to increase citizenship to refugees fleeing pogroms in japanese Europe. Detlev Claussen follows Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903–1969) from his privileged lifestyles as a loved prodigy to his highbrow coming of age in Weimar Germany and Vienna; from his exile throughout the Nazi years, first to England, then to the us, to his emergence because the Adorno we all know now within the maybe not-so-unlikely atmosphere of l. a.. There in 1943 together with his collaborator Max Horkheimer, Adorno constructed serious conception, whose key insight―that to be entertained is to offer one’s consent―helped outline the highbrow panorama of the 20 th century.

In taking pictures the fellow in his advanced relationships with a number of the century’s most interesting minds―including, between others, Arnold Schoenberg, Walter Benjamin, Thomas Mann, Siegfried Kracauer, Georg Lukács, Hannah Arendt, and Bertolt Brecht―Claussen finds how a lot we now have but to profit from Theodor Adorno, and what kind of his lifestyles can let us know approximately ourselves and our time.

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Contains bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-674-02618-6 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Adorno, Theodor W. , 1903–1969. 2. Philosophers—Germany—Biography. three. Philosophy, Modern—20th century. I. identify. B3199. A34C5813 2008 193—dc22 2007039108 Contents record of Illustrations vi the right way to learn This publication vii 1 rather than an Overture: No Heirs 2 the home in Schöne Aussicht: A Frankfurt youth round 1910 thirteen three From Teddie Wiesengrund to Dr. Wiesengrund-Adorno sixty five four Adorno as “Non-identical” guy a hundred and fifteen five Transitions one hundred forty five Bertolt Brecht: “To those that Come after Us” one hundred forty five Theodor W. Adorno: “Out of the Firing-Line” 147 Hanns Eisler, the Non-identical Brother 149 Fritz Lang, the yankee pal 162 6 Frankfurt move 176 7 Adorno as “Identical” guy 220 eight The Palimpsest of existence 261 Appendix: Letters 1 341 Theodor W. Adorno to Ernst Bloch, 26 July 1962 341 Max Horkheimer to Theodor W. Adorno, 27 September 1958 343 Theodor W. Adorno to Max Horkheimer, 14 February 1965 354 Theodor W. Adorno to Claus Behncke, 21 February 1964 363 Max Horkheimer to Otto O. Herz, 1 September 1969 365 Notes 367 assets 417 Acknowledgments 419 Index 427 Illustrations Following web page a hundred and forty four Schöne Aussicht, 1901 Adorno’s mom and dad on their honeymoon Teddie as a baby With Aunt Agathe and mom, Maria Dr. Wiesengrund-Adorno, latter half the Twenties B. F. Dolbin, caricature, 1931 In l. a. within the Forties With Gretel Adorno, 1954 The reestablished Institute for Social examine in Frankfurt With Eduard Steuermann in Kranichstein, ca. 1960 on the piano, 1967 With Gretel in Sils Maria, 1964 Sils Maria, summer time 1963 With Max Horkheimer and the Frankfurt SDS, 1967 With Hans-Jürgen Krahl, September 1968 within the institute occupied by means of the SDS, 1969 Revising a manuscript at Kettenhofweg 123 Lecture corridor VI within the Johann Wolfgang Goethe college, Frankfurt Adorno in 1962 How to learn This booklet the purpose of this publication is to aid Adorno’s texts converse for themselves and emerge of their unique shape from in the back of the secondary literature that has proliferated perpetually. every one bankruptcy is designed in order that it might even be learn by itself. Adorno’s works are interpreted as a palimpsest, works packed with overlapping rules. References to all assets mentioned within the textual content are available by means of those that desire to investigate cross-check them seriously, or expand their examining, within the endnotes or on the finish of the publication less than the heading “Sources. ” Like so much so-called baby prodigies, i'm a truly past due developer and that i nonetheless believe this present day that no matter what i actually exist for nonetheless lies sooner than me. THEODOR W. ADORNO TO ERNST BLOCH, 26 JULY 1962 i think very strongly that during my case paintings is a drug that is helping me to beat what might rather be a nearly insufferable depression and loneliness. I worry that this can be the key of my so-called productiveness. 31 MARCH 1960, computer F . . . and conceive the higher kingdom as one during which humans can be various with out worry. 1945 1. | rather than an Overture: No Heirs the inside track of his dying got here without notice and particularly suddenly.

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