"Adorno’s childhood always served him as a recollected utopia of protected bliss. The publication of his extensive correspondence with his parents well after that paradise was lost demonstrates its enduring power in his adult emotional life. Poignant, loving, anxious, at turns intellectually serious and childishly goofy, these letters not only testify to the strength of his family’s bonds, but also provide invaluable evidence of the struggles of German exiles in their new homeland. Scrupulously translated and exhaustively annotated, Adorno’s Letters to his Parents is a document of unique importance for anyone interested in the history of the Frankfurt School and for the migration as a whole."
Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley
- These letters offer the reader a fascinating insight into the life of one the most important figures of twentieth-century intellectual life.
- The letters touch upon issues of great personal and historical significance: the Nazi regime in 1930s Germany and the Second World War; the experience of the intellectual in exile.
- The letters are extensively annotated and provide the reader with detailed notes concerning the writings, events and personalities referred or alluded to in the correspondence.
- Will be of interest to students and scholars of Social Theory, Cultural History, and those whose research and writing is devoted to T. W. Adorno and the Frankfurt School.