The Castle (by Franz Kafka)

Kafka, Franz

Franz Kafka (fränts käf´kä), 1883–1924, German-language novelist, b. Prague. Along with Joyce, Kafka is perhaps the most influential of 20th-century writers. From a middle-class Jewish family from Bohemia, he spent most of his life in Prague. He studied law and then obtained an executive position in the workmen's compensation division of the Austro-Hungarian government. Most of his works were published posthumously. His major novels include Der Prozess (1925, tr. The Trial, 1937, 1998), Das Schloss (1926, tr. The Castle, 1930, 1998), and Amerika (1927, tr. 1938), the latter the first novel he wrote (1913) and the last to be published. In prose that is remarkable for its clarity and precision, Kafka presents a world that is at once real and dreamlike and in which individuals burdened with guilt, isolation, and anxiety make a futile search for personal salvation. Important stories appearing during his lifetime were "Das Urteil" (1913, tr. "The Judgement," 1945), Die Verwandlung (1915, tr. The Metamorphosis, 1937), "Ein Landarzt" (1919, tr. "A Country Doctor," 1945), In der Strafkolonie (1920, tr. In the Penal Colony, 1941), and "Ein Hungerkünstler" (1922, tr. "A Hunger Artist," 1938).

See his diaries, ed. by M. Brod (tr. 1948–49); his letters to Felice Bauer, ed. by E. Heller and J. Born (tr. 1973); biographies by M. Brod (1937, new ed. 1995), R. Hayman (1981, repr. 2001), E. Pawel (1984), N. Murray (2004), R. Stach (2 vol., 2002–8, tr. 2005–13), and S. Friedländer (2013); biography of his youthful years by E. Kendall (2013); studies by W. H. Sokel (1966), E. Heller (1974), S. Corngold (1988), and M. Anderson (1990).

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The Castle (by Franz Kafka): Selected full-text books and articles

Franz Kafka's The Castle By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1988
Kafka's Castle By Ronald Gray Cambridge University Press, 1956
Kafka's Grail Castle By Ullyot, Jonathan German Quarterly, October 1, 2010
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Panopticism and the Construction of Power in Franz Kafka's the Castle By Corbella, Walter Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 43, No. 1, Winter 2007
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Kafka's Afflicted Vision: A Literary-Theological Critique By Panichas, George A Humanitas, Vol. 17, No. 1-2, Spring-Fall 2004
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Struggle and Victory in Kafka's das Schloss By Kohl, Markus The Modern Language Review, Vol. 101, No. 4, October 2006
Beckett and Kafka By Adelman, Gary TriQuarterly, No. 117, Fall 2003
Franz Kafka & the Trip to Spindelmuhle By Ormsby, Eric New Criterion, Vol. 17, No. 3, November 1998
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