By Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka first met Felice Bauer in August 1912, on the domestic of his buddy Max Brod. The twenty-five-year-old occupation girl from Berlin—energetic, down-to-earth, life-affirming—awakened in him a wish to marry. Kafka wrote to Felice nearly day-by-day, occasionally even two times an afternoon. simply because he used to be residing in Prague and she or he in Berlin, their letters turned their sole resource of information of one another. yet quickly after their engagement in 1914, Kafka started having doubts concerning the dating, fearing that marriage may imperil his commitment to writing and intervene along with his desire for solitude. via their break-up, a moment engagement in 1917, and their ultimate parting later that 12 months, whilst Kafka started falling in poor health with the tuberculosis that might ultimately declare his lifestyles, their correspondence persevered. The greater than letters that Kafka wrote to Felice over the process these 5 years have been received by means of Schocken from her in 1955. They show the entire degree of Kafka's internal turmoil as he attempted, in useless, to stability his desire for balance with the calls for of his craft.

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