Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German Jewish philosopher and
cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German
idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism, and Jewish mysticism.
Born: July 15, 1892, Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26, 1940, Portbou, Spain
‘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.’ – W.B.
Walter Benjamin: The Writers Technique in Thirteen Theses
Broken down into Four Parts over Four Weeks
THE WRITER’S TECHNIQUE IN THIRTEEN THESES Part Four
11. Do not write the conclusion of a work in your familiar study. You would not find the necessary courage there.
12. Stages of composition: idea — style — writing. The value of the fair copy is that in producing it you confine attention to calligraphy. The idea kills inspiration, style fetters the idea, writing pays off style.
13. The work is the death mask of its conception.