Kafka. Considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Although a German language writer of novels and short stories.
Robert Louis Stevenson~ His own life was nearly as colourful as his novels, culminating with his 3 long sea voyages in the Pacific and his ultimate settlement in Samoa. Stevenson usually looks great-eyed and hollow-cheeked in pictures, and indeed was a lifelong sufferer of some chest-ailment - whether tuberculosis or bronchitis or another disease is unknown… Robert Louis Stevenson, 1890s - platinum print, by Notman of Boston (NPG, London)
Franz Kafka. Author. His works were mostly ignored during his lifetime and fell under censorship during the Nazi regime in Germany. However, his re-discovery lead to his works being one of the main founders of Weird Fiction and his personality a great curiosity for Biographers.
Franz Kafka. “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”
Kunst und Bohème: Mann und Marc
Franz Kafka, unknown photographer: "This photo was taken in 1906 and was said to have hung over his mother’s bed. Kafka was well known for sending his own portraits to his various flames. To Kafka it was a form of self-sacrifice by giving up his likeness to the perception of others.”