Robert Walser

1878 - 1956

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Robert Walser (15 April 1878 – 25 December 1956) was a German-speaking Swiss writer. Walser is understood to be the missing link between Kleist and Kafka. "Indeed", writes Susan Sontag, "at the time [of Walser's writing], it was more likely to be Kafka [who was understood] through the prism of Walser." For example, Robert Musil once referred to Kafka's work as "a peculiar case of the Walser type."Walser was admired early on by Kafka and writers such as Hermann Hesse, Stefan Zweig, and Walter Benjamin, and was in fact better known during his lifetime than Kafka or Benjamin were known in theirs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Walser has received more than 14,787 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Walser is the 535th most popular writer (down from 489th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 43rd in 2019) and the 6th most popular Swiss Writer.

Robert Walser is most famous for his work in the field of German Expressionism. He wrote in a variety of forms, including novels, short stories, and poetry.

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Among writers, Robert Walser ranks 535 out of 5,794Before him are Bernard Gui, Alfred Jarry, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Seneca the Elder, Ghalib, and Pierre de Ronsard. After him are Ivan Bunin, Luo Guanzhong, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Arthur Koestler, Bohumil Hrabal, and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

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Among people born in 1878, Robert Walser ranks 11Before him are Reza Shah, Pancho Villa, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Werner von Blomberg, Gustav Stresemann, and André Citroën. After him are Lucien Febvre, Pyotr Wrangel, Alfred Döblin, Ferenc Molnár, Paul Reynaud, and Milan Nedić. Among people deceased in 1956, Robert Walser ranks 13Before him are Pietro Badoglio, Emil Nolde, B. R. Ambedkar, Frederick Soddy, Alfred Kinsey, and Alexander Rodchenko. After him are Lucien Febvre, Bela Lugosi, Konstantin Päts, Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Risto Ryti.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Robert Walser ranks 50 out of 749Before him are Felix Bloch (1905), Angelica Kauffman (1741), Johannes Itten (1888), Aga Khan IV (1936), Albert II, Duke of Austria (1298), and Joan Gamper (1877). After him are Carlo Maderno (1556), Lys Assia (1924), Hans Albert Einstein (1904), Clay Regazzoni (1939), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), and Hans Küng (1928).

Among WRITERS In Switzerland

Among writers born in Switzerland, Robert Walser ranks 6Before him are Johanna Spyri (1827), Carl Spitteler (1845), Erich von Däniken (1935), Karl Barth (1886), and Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921). After him are Max Frisch (1911), Alejo Carpentier (1904), Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), Gottfried Keller (1819), and Blaise Cendrars (1887).