Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: Franz Kafka

Austrian Writer Franz Kafka

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Franz Kafka was born July 3, 1883 and died June 3, 1924. He was a German novelist and was culturally influential . Contemporary critics and academics think Kafka was one of the finest authors of the 20th century. The term “Kafkaesque” has become part of the English language.

Kafka met a woman named Felice Bauer in 1912. She lived in Berlin and worked as a representative for a dictaphone company. For the next five years they corresponded often, met every now and again, and became engaged twice. Their relationship finally came to an end in 1917.

Starting in 1920, Kafka developed an intense relationship with Czech journalist and writer Milena Jesenská.

In July of 1923, during a vacation near the Baltic Sea, he met Dora Diamant and briefly moved to Berlin where he lived with her. She was a 25-year-old kindergarten teacher from an orthodox Jewish family, who was independent enough to have escaped her past in the ghetto. They became lovers, and she was influential regarding Kafka’s interest in the Talmud.

Famous love letters: Franz Kafka:

I belong to you; there is really no other way of expressing it, and that is not strong enough.

How could I, fool that I am, go on sitting in my office, or here at home, instead of leaping onto a train with my eyes shut and opening them only when I am with you?

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