Robert Walser

Robert Walser


Born
in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
April 15, 1878

Died
December 25, 1956

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Robert Walser, a German-Swiss prose writer and novelist, enjoyed high repute among a select group of authors and critics in Berlin early in his career, only to become nearly forgotten by the time he committed himself to the Waldau mental clinic in Bern in January 1929. Since his death in 1956, however, Walser has been recognized as German Switzerland's leading author of the first half of the twentieth century, perhaps Switzerland's single significant modernist. In his homeland he has served as an emboldening exemplar and a national classic during the unparalleled expansion of German-Swiss literature of the last two generations.

Walser's writing is characterized by its linguistic sophistication and animation. His work exhibits several sets of
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“That is all very senseless, but this senselessness has a pretty mouth, and it smiles.”
Robert Walser, Jakob von Gunten

“I don't want a future, I want a present. To me this appears of greater value. You have a future only when you have no present, and when you have a present, you forget to even think about the future.”
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“Ultimately, the most romantic thing is the heart, and every sensitive person carries in himself old cities enclosed by ancient walls.”
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