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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Robert Musil: Selected full-text books and articles

Five Women By Robert Musil; Eithne Wilkins; Ernst Kaiser D.R. Godine, 1999
Diaries, 1899-1941 By Robert Musil; Adolf Frisé; Mark Mirsky; Philip Payne Basic Books, 1998
Fiction Refracts Science: Modernist Writers from Proust to Borges By Allen Thiher University of Missouri Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Two "Robert Musil and the Dilemma of Modernist Epistemology"
Sociological Insights of Great Thinkers: Sociology through Literature, Philosophy, and Science By Christofer Edling; Jens Rydgren Praeger, 2011
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Robert Musil: State, Nation, and Nationality"
Puzzles and Epiphanies: Essays and Reviews, 1958-1961 By 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 By 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 By 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 By William B. Ober Southern Illinois University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Robert Musil: What Price Homosexual Sadism?"
Self-Knowledge and the Self By 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 By Tracy Chevalier Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Musil, Robert: Austrian, 1880-1942" begins on p. 586
Hitler and the Germans By Eric Voegelin; Brendan Purcell; Detlev Clemens University of Missouri Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Robert Musil on Simple" begins on p. 98
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