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The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

The Metamorphosis was a big hit when Kafka read the story out loud to his buddies in Prague. He had to keep pausing in order to give everyone a chance to stop laughing. (Source)

Kafka's typical day included work from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as an insurance clerk, lunch, a long nap until 7:30 p.m., aerobics (!), dinner with the family, and then writing from 11 p.m. until 3 or 4 a.m. (Source: Reiner Stach. Kafka: The Decisive Years. S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main. 2002)

Vladimir Nabokov, the famous author who was also a lepidopterist (someone who studies butterflies and/or moths), insisted that the creature was a three-foot long beetle, with wings underneath his shell, and could have flown if only he had tried. (Source: Nabokov, Vladimir. Lectures on Literature. New York, New York: Harvest. p. 260.)

Two of Kafka's favorite authors included Charles Dickens and Benjamin Franklin. (Source)

The Rolling Stones rocked the vermin look for their 1975 album Metamorphosis. (Source)

In the comic book Treehouse of Horror Spook-tacular, the Simpsons spoof Kafka in a bit called Metamorph Simpsons. (Source)

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