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Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969) started out as a music & theater critic in Frankfurt. After joining the Institut fuer Sozialforschung, he emigrated to New York in 1937. Taught at Columbia & worked with Max Horkheimer. Major works: Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947), The Authoritarian Personality (1950). Subjects: social philosophy, prejudice and fascism, mass culture as manipulation, avant-garde art.
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