Note 1

A copy or draft of this letter was found in Kafka’s papers after his death and then published by the indefatigable Max Brod. We do not know whether Felice Bauer ever received it. If not, there may have been a considerable hiatus between the terminal self-laceration of a letter dated 20 December 1916 (‘My life is monotonous and proceeds within the prison of my innate, as it were threefold, misfortune.’) and one dated 9 September 1917, in which he announces ‘four weeks ago, at about 5 a.m., I had a haemorrhage of the lung. Fairly severe, for ten minutes or more it gushed out of my throat; I thought it would never stop.’

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