Robert Musil

Robert Musil (rō´bĕrt mōō´zĬl), 1880–1942, Austrian novelist. His style, which has been compared to Proust's, is marked by subtle psychological analysis. This is evident in the novel Young Törless (1906, tr. 1955) and in his chief work, Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften (3 vol., 1930–42; tr. The Man without Qualities, 1953–60 and 1995), widely considered one of the masterpieces of 20th-century literature. Many of his stories have been translated and published in such posthumous collections as Tonka and Other Stories (tr. 1965) and Three Short Stories (1970).

See his diaries, ed. by M. Mirsky (tr. 1998); studies by B. Pike (1961, repr. 1971); L. Appiqnanesi (1973); P. Payne (2d rev. ed. 1989); and C. Rogowski (1994).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Five Women
Robert Musil; Eithne Wilkins; Ernst Kaiser.
D.R. Godine, 1999
Diaries, 1899-1941
Robert Musil; Adolf Frisé; Philip Payne; Mark Mirsky.
Basic Books, 1998
Fiction Refracts Science: Modernist Writers from Proust to Borges
Allen Thiher.
University of Missouri Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Two "Robert Musil and the Dilemma of Modernist Epistemology"
An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on 20th-Century Literature
Sven Birkerts.
David R. Godine, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Musil" begins on p. 25
Puzzles and Epiphanies: Essays and Reviews, 1958-1961
Frank Kermode.
Chilmark Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "A Short View of Musil"
The Dark Side of Creativity: Blocks, Unfinished Works, and the Urge to Destroy
Cecile Nebel.
Whitston, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Unfinished Near-Masterpieces: The Recluse by William Wordsworth, The Man without Qualities by Robert Musil, Nerone by Arrigo Boito"
Twentieth-Century German Literature
Harry T. Moore.
Basic Books, 1967
Librarian’s tip: "Two Remarkable Austrians: Broch and Musil" begins on p. 72
Bottoms Up! A Pathologist's Essays on Medicine and the Humanities
William B. Ober.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Robert Musil: What Price Homosexual Sadism?"
Self-Knowledge and the Self
David A. Jopling.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "The Man without Qualities Irony, Contingency, and the Lightness of Being"
Encyclopedia of the Essay
Tracy Chevalier.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Musil, Robert: Austrian, 1880-1942" begins on p. 586
Hitler and the Germans
Detlev Clemens; Brendan Purcell; Eric Voegelin.
University of Missouri Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Musil on Simple" begins on p. 98
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