100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Author Pens Story In One Night

Franz Kafka was born in Prague in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in July 1883. He grew up in a upper middle-class secular family with 4 sisters and parents who were hardly home. He read profusely, did well in school and spoke Czech as well as German and Yiddish. Kafka had finished his studies of law at the Karl-Ferdinands-Universität of Prague in 1907 and had worked various jobs including an insurance company and starting an asbestos factory with his brother-in-law.

Franz Kafka

Kafka’s oldest story is from a letter he wrote a friend in 1902. His earliest published works were eight stories CONTEMPLATION which appeared in the first issue of the literary journal Hyperion in 1908. He worked on “Description of a Struggle” from 1904 to 1909.

On September 23, 1912 Franz Kafka finished THE JUDGMENT after starting it the night before. It is about a depressing confrontation a man has with his father that end in rejection and apparent suicide. He described it as “the total opening of body and soul” and “the story evolved as a true birth, covered with filth and slime”. He viewed the work as “one of his most successful and perfect literary creations” which he was able to write in a “semi-unconscious state of mind.” It is about a depressing confrontation a man has with his father that end in rejection and apparent suicide. It was all done in one draft without revision.

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