Franz Kafka


Born
in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
July 03, 1883

Died
June 03, 1924

Genre

Influences


Franz Kafka was one of the major fiction writers of the 20th century. He was born to a middle-class German-speaking Jewish family in Prague, Bohemia (presently the Czech Republic), Austria–Hungary. His unique body of writing—much of which is incomplete and which was mainly published posthumously—is considered to be among the most influential in Western literature.

His stories include The Metamorphosis (1912) and In the Penal Colony (1914), while his novels are The Trial (1925), The Castle (1926) and Amerika (1927).

Kafka's first language was German, but he was also fluent in Czech. Later, Kafka acquired some knowledge of the French language and culture; one of his favorite authors was Flaubert.

Kafka first studied chemistry at the Charles-Ferd
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The Metamorphosis

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The Trial

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The Metamorphosis and Other...

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The Castle

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The Complete Stories

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In the Penal Colony

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A Hunger Artist

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Letter to His Father

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“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”
Franz Kafka

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”
Franz Kafka

“I am a cage, in search of a bird.”
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Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  26 votes, 20.2%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 16.3%

 
  12 votes, 9.3%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.8%

 
  9 votes, 7.0%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.2%

 
  7 votes, 5.4%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.4%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

1903, The Ambassadors by Henry James, pages 528
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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