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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 Heinrich von Kleist and Franz Kafka. As 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 16,450 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Robert Walser is the 495th most popular writer (up from 535th in 2019), the 45th most popular biography from Switzerland (up from 50th 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 495 out of 5,755Before him are Imadaddin Nasimi, Alfred de Musset, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Robert Burns, Kurt Vonnegut, and Milena Jesenská. After him are Harriet Tubman, Charles, Duke of Orléans, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, John le Carré, Nadine Gordimer, and Beatrix Potter.

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Among people born in 1878, Robert Walser ranks 11Before him are Reza Shah, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Gustav Stresemann, Werner von Blomberg, André Citroën, and Pancho Villa. After him are Lucien Febvre, Pyotr Wrangel, Alfred Döblin, Ferenc Molnár, Paul Reynaud, and Milan Nedić. Among people deceased in 1956, Robert Walser ranks 10Before him are Jackson Pollock, Konstantin von Neurath, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Pietro Badoglio, Jules Rimet, and Frederick Soddy. After him are Emil Nolde, Lucien Febvre, Juho Kusti Paasikivi, A. A. Milne, Alexander Rodchenko, and Alfred Kinsey.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Robert Walser ranks 45 out of 876Before him are Auguste Piccard (1884), Heinrich Rohrer (1933), Benjamin Constant (1767), Henry Fuseli (1741), Hermann Rorschach (1884), and Albert I of Germany (1255). After him are Angelica Kauffman (1741), Joan Gamper (1877), Albert II, Duke of Austria (1298), Aga Khan IV (1936), Michel Mayor (1942), and Carlo Maderno (1556).

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), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921), and Karl Barth (1886). After him are Max Frisch (1911), Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784), Alejo Carpentier (1904), Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741), Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905), and Gottfried Keller (1819).