Other Literary Forms
Robert Walser’s reputation as a prose miniaturist long obscured his achievement as a novelist. He published three novels, Geschwister Tanner (1907; the Tanner siblings), Der Gehülfe (1908; the assistant), and Jakob von Gunten (1909; English translation, 1969). The latter is generally acknowledged to be the most impressive work. Der “Räuber”-Roman (1972; the “bandit” novel), a boldly personal, experimental work, was published posthumously. His most important dramatic works were published in the volume Komödie: Theatralisches (1919; comedy: theatrical writings). He also wrote poetry, the merit of which has been the subject of some controversy.