Franz Kafka was born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary in July 1883. He was the eldest child of 6 in an affluent secular Jewish family. He had a typical middle-class German-based education and obtained a degree of Doctor of Law in June 1906 after which he performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the Civil and criminal courts. He worked in insurance, a job he performed well but considered boring and oppressive. He has little time for indulgences, like theater and writes when he can and hangs out with a small circle of literary friends.
On June 1, 1912 Franz Kafka wrote in his diary:
” Wrote nothing.”
…which he did, and didn’t, and did! Pure existentialism!