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- DescriptionThe Swiss writer Robert Walser is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature. Largely self-taught and altogether indifferent to worldly success, Walser wrote a range of short stories, essays, as well as four vels, of which <i>Jakob von Gunten</i> is widely recognized as the finest. The book is a young man's inquisitive and irreverent account of life in what turns out to be the most uncanny of schools. It is the work of an outsider artist, a writer of uncompromising originality and disconcerting humor, whose beautiful sentences have the simplicity and strangeness of a painting by Henri Rousseau.
- Author BiographyRobert Walser (1878-1956) was born into a German speaking family in Biel, Switzerland. He left school at fourteen and led a wandering, precarious existence while writing his poems, novels, and vast numbers of the prose pieces that became his hallmark. In 1933 he was confined to a sanatorium, which marked the end of his writing career. Among Walser's works available in English are <i>Berlin Stories</i> and <i>Jakob von Gunten</i> (both available as NYRB classics), <i>Thirty Poems</i>, <i>The Walk</i>, <i>The Tanners</i>, <i>Microscripts</i>, <i>The Assistant</i>, <i>The Robber</i>, <i>Masquerade and Other Stories</i>, and <i>Speaking to the Rose: Writings, 1912-1932</i>. Christopher Middleton (b. 1926) is a poet, essayist, and translator. He teaches Germanic languages and literature at the University of Texas at Austin and has translated numerous works, including <i>Jakob von Gunten</i> by Robert Walser.
- Author(s)Robert Walser
- PublisherThe New York Review of Books, Inc
- Date of Publication01/07/1999
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe New York Review of Books, Inc
- Weight216 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine13 mm
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