Max Frisch was born in Zurich on May 15, 1911, the son of a self-made architect. After attending gymnasium in Zurich between 1924 and 1930, he began studying German literature at the university of Zurich in 1931, at which time he also heard lectures on art history, philosophy, law, and theology. When his father died in 1933, Frisch had to leave the university to earn a living. He became a freelance journalist and wrote for such newspapers as the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. In 1933, Frisch traveled to Prague, Budapest, Dalmatia, Istanbul, and Greece, experiences that he used in his first novel, Jürg Reinhart (1934). In 1936, thanks to the financial support of a friend, Frisch began studying architecture at the Institute of Technology in Zurich; he was awarded his diploma in 1941. Between 1939 and 1945, Frisch had to serve periodically in the Swiss army. In 1942, Frisch opened his own architect’s office in Zurich. The highlight of his architectural career was winning a competition to build an open-air swimming pool in the Zurich suburb of Letzigraben, a project that was completed in 1949. In 1948, Frisch became acquainted with Bertolt Brecht, whose theories were to have an important impact on his dramas. Frisch, an inveterate traveler, wrote in Tagebuch, 1946-1949 (1950; Sketchbook, 1946-1949, 1977) that a man travels for two reasons: to meet people who do not think that they know him once and for all, and to experience once again what is possible in life. Frisch traveled extensively in Europe and the United States and visited the Middle East, Mexico, Cuba, the Soviet Union, Japan, and China. His experiences in the United States were reflected especially in the novels I’m Not Stiller and Homo Faber (1957), and in the novella Montauk (1975). After 1954, when he gave up his architect’s office, Frisch earned his living as a writer. After living in Rome between 1960 and 1965, Frisch returned to live in Tessin, Switzerland.