Letters to Friends, Family and Editors

Letters to Friends, Family and Editors

by Franz Kafka
     
 

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Now back in print, more than two decades' worth of revelatory letters—sometimes surprisingly humorous, sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad—to the men and women with whom Franz Kafka maintained his closest personal relationships.

Collected after his death by his friend and literary executor Max Brod, here is a treasure trove of Kafka's letters from

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Now back in print, more than two decades' worth of revelatory letters—sometimes surprisingly humorous, sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad—to the men and women with whom Franz Kafka maintained his closest personal relationships.

Collected after his death by his friend and literary executor Max Brod, here is a treasure trove of Kafka's letters from his years as a student in Prague in the early 1900s to his final months in the sanatorium near Vienna where he died in 1924.  They include charming notes to school friends; fascinating accounts to Brod about his work in its various stages of publication; correspondence with his publisher, Kurt Wolff, about manuscripts in progress, suggested book titles, type design, and late royalty statements; revealing exchanges with other young writers of the day, including Martin Buber and Felix Weltsch, on life, literature, and girls; and heartbreaking reports to his parents, sisters, and friends on the declining state of his health in the last months of his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805209495
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/10/1990
Pages:
509
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

FRANZ KAFKA was born in Prague in 1883 and died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium near Vienna in 1924. After earning a law degree in 1906, he worked for most of his adult life at the Worker's Accident Insurance Institute in Prague. Only a small portion of Kafka's writings were published during his lifetime. He left instructions for his friend and literary executor Max Brod to destroy all of his unpublished work after his death, instructions Brod famously ignored.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 3, 1883
Date of Death:
June 3, 1924
Place of Birth:
Prague, Austria-Hungary
Place of Death:
Vienna, Austria
Education:
German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

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