Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883, where he lived until his death in 1924. Widely esteemed as one of the twentieth century's most important writers, he is the author of the novels "The Trial" and "The Castle."
de Maupassant was born of upper-middle-class parents in Normandy. He lived with his motehr at Etretat, a newly fashionable seaside resort. Having enrolled as a law student in 1869, he was called up after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 and served as a quartermaster's clerk in Rouen. Following the war he left the army and eventually secured a post as a minor civil servant.
Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) was an extemely prolific French writer who is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story.