At a glance:
- Author: Peter Mailloux
- First Published: 1989
- Type of Work: Literary biography
- Time of Work: 1883-1924
- Setting: Primarily Czechoslovakia; Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and France
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: Family or family life, Authors or writers, Jews or Jewish life, Creative process, Allegory, Eastern Europe or eastern Europeans
- Locales: France, Europe, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czechoslovakia
The first biography of Franz Kafka was written by his close friend Max Brod, who was responsible for the posthumous publication of many of Kafka’s works. Brod’s book appeared in English translation as Franz Kafka: A Biography (1947, 1960). While the critical literature on Kafka continued to grow at an astonishing rate, not until Ronald Hayman’s K: A Biography (1981; published in the United States as Kafka: A Biography, 1982) was there another Kafka biography in English. Hayman’s book was quickly followed by Ernst Pawel’s The Nightmare of...
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