FRANZ KAFKA [1883-1924] was born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic). In 1906, he graduted as Doctor of Law from Charles-Ferdinand University, Prague. For the next year he was a law clerk for the courts. Afterward, he worked for several insurance companies while writing in his spare time. In 1917, he developed Tuberculosis. In 1924, he died in a sanatorium near Vienna. During his life he was practically unknown as a writer. Most of his works were published posthumously by his lifelong friend Max Brod. His novella Metamorphosis (1915) and novel The Trial (1925) are considered is best work.