Archive for July 18, 2013

Kafka’s Biography

Danbury Library recently received another volume in the definitive biography of Franz Kafka. This volume is actually the last volume in what will be a trilogy. It is entitled Kafka: The Years of Insight by Reiner Stach. It follows Kafka: The Decisive Years which was published in 2005. The reason why Reiner Stach is publishing the last two volumes first is in itself Kafkaesque. When Kafka died he made Max Brod his literary executor with the instruction to burn all of his work. Brod did not follow his instruction and published a great deal. But there is still a large amount of Kafka material which is in Israel and for which there is a legal fight underway. Stach wants to view this material and use it to write the first volume on the early life of Kafka.

Modern Danbury History

One of the great gaps in the history of Danbury has been remedied thanks to the efforts of Bill Devlin & Herb Janick. They are the authors of the new volume entitled Danbury’s Third Century: From Urban Status to Tri-Centennial. This volume has been needed for a long time and covers many important themes about Danbury. One of the most important is the foresight of Frank Lee, one of the largest hat manufacturers, who was instrumental in founding the Danbury Industrial Corporation which led the transition from hatting as the leading Danbury industry to becoming a haven for high-tech industry.