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Franz Kafka -- July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924 Franz Kafka was born to middle-class Jewish parents in Prague, Czechoslovakia on July 3, 1883. He received a law degree at the University of Prague. After performing an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts, he obtained a position in the workman's compensation division of the Austrian government. Always neurotic, insecure, and filled with a sense of inadequacy, his writing is a search for personal fulfillment and understanding. He wrote very slowly and deliberately, publishing very little in his lifetime. At his death he asked a close friend to burn his remaining manuscripts, but the friend refused the request. Instead the friend arranged for publication Kafka's longer stories, which have since brought him worldwide fame and have influenced many contemporary writers. His works include The Metamorphosis, The Castle, The Trial, and Amerika. Kafka was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in August 1917. As his disease progressed, his throat became affected by the TB and he could not eat regularly because it was painful. He died from starvation in a sanatorium in Kierling, near Vienna, after admitting himself for treatment there on April 10, 1924. He died on June 3 at the age of 40. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Trial… (more)
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Franz Kafka was born in Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His family spoke German at home. He studied law at the Charles Ferdinand University of Prague, (University of Prague), and went to work for an insurance company, from which he retired due to ill health in 1922. In his spare time, he wrote short stories and novels. He fell in love with Dora Dymant, and the two moved together to Berlin, where he hoped to focus on his writing. Soon afterwards, however, he had to go to Vienna to seek treatment for tuberculosis. He died in 1924 at the age of 40. He asked his friend and literary executor Max Brod, to destroy all his written work, but Brod published it instead. Kafka influenced a vast range of writers, artists, and philosophers and is regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature.
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