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Susan Bernofsky
Unaffiliated Independent Scholar (New York, NY 10025)
A Biography of Robert Walser (1878-1956): Novelist, Short Prose Author, Dramatist, and Poet

I am proposing to write a critical biography (the first ever in English) of the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, a contemporary of Kafka’s who in Europe is considered one of the most important writers of the early twentieth century. My book will serve as an introduction to Walser’s work—his four novels, poems, “dramolettes” and thousands of short prose pieces—as well as to his life. Such a book is sorely needed, as there is no recent book on Walser available in English and no biography in any language up to current critical standards.

Project fields:
German Literature

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2008 – 6/30/2009