Adorno's Notes to Literature, which begins with the high leap of his great essay 'The Essay as Form, ' sets an inimitable, always exhilarating standard. A volume of Adorno's essays is equivalent to a whole shelf of books on literature.
The second volume comprising translation (by Shierry Weber Nicholsen) of essays by the eminent German thinker contains many that have not previously been translated and are less well known in America. Volumes 3 and 4 of Noten zur Literatur are presented here--essays on works of Mann, Bloch, Holderlin, and others, and reflections on a variety of literary topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)