Letters to Family, Friends, and Editors

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Letters to Family, Friends and Editors
Schocken paperback edition, 1990
Author Franz Kafka
Original title 'Briefe 1902-1924'
Translator Richard and Clara Winston
Cover artist Anthony Russo
Country United States
Language German
Genre Letters
Publisher Schocken Books
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Print, Paperback & Hardcover
Pages 509 p.
ISBN 0-8052-0949-2
OCLC 22379406

Letters to Family, Friends, and Editors is a book collecting some of Franz Kafka's letters from 1900 to 1924. The majority of the letters in the volume are addressed to Max Brod. Originally published in Germany in 1959 as Briefe 1902-1924, the collection was first published in English by Schocken Books in 1977. It was translated by Richard and Clara Winston.



    • Julie and Hermann Kafka - parents
    • Elli Hermann, née Kafka - sister
    • Valli Pollak, née Kafka - sister
    • Ottla Davidová, née Kafka - sister
      • Josef David - Ottla's husband
    • Siegfried Löwy - uncle

Other letters to the family are collected in Letters to Ottla

Kafka's long, undelivered letter to his father was published separately. It also appears in Dearest Father and The Sons.


    • Oskar Pollak - Childhood friend and art historian; a 1902 letter to him includes Kafka's oldest surviving work of fiction - "Shamefaced Lanky and Impure in Heart"
    • Max Brod - Closest friend; writer and Kafka's literary executor
      • Elsa Brod, née Taussig - Brod's wife
      • Sophie Friedmann, née Brod - Brod's sister
      • Emmy Salveter - Max Brod's friend and possible lover
    • Felix Weltsch - Classmate; philosopher and Zionist
      • Lise Kaznelson, née Weltsch - Weltsch's cousin
      • Irma Weltsch - Weltsch's wife
    • Oskar Baum - Author, music teacher, and organist
      • Leo Baum - Baum's son
    • Robert Klopstock - Close friend, stayed with Kafka through his illness

Romantic Interests[edit]

    • Selma Kohn Robitschek
    • Hedwig W. - a letter from 1907 includes a poem Kafka claims he wrote "years ago."
    • Minze Eisner
    • Tile Rössler

The letters to Milena Jesenská and Felice Bauer are collected in respective volumes. Letters to Felice also includes Kafka's letters to Grete Bloch.

Publishers, Writers and Artists[edit]

Casual Acquaintances[edit]

    • Director Eisner - Department head at Assicurazioni Generali, where Kafka worked
    • Gertrud Thieberger - Sister of Kafka's Hebrew teacher, future wife of Johannes Urzidil
    • Yitzhak Löwy - Actor
    • Ludwig Hardt - Reciting artist, included some of Kafka's writing in his work
    • Hugo Bergmann - Former classmate; Philosopher and Zionist
      • Else Bergmann - Hugo Bergmann's wife

Conversation Slips[edit]

Both German and English editions of the book include a selection from the slips of paper Kafka used to communicate during the last few weeks of his life, when he was advised not to speak.


Kafka, Franz. Letters to Family, Friends, and Editors. New York City: Schocken Books, 1977. ISBN 0-8052-0949-2