Walter Benjamin was born in Germany in 1892 and died in Spain in 1940. His other books include Illuminations, The Arcades Project, and, with Verso, One-Way Street, Understanding Brecht, and Walter Benjamin's Archive.
"Walter Benjamin is the most important German aesthetician and literary critic of [the twentieth] century." Sunday Times "He drew, from the obscure disdained German baroque, elements of the modern sensibility: the taste for allegory, surrealist shock effects, discontinuous utterance, a sense of historical catastrophe." Susan Sontag