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Professor Robert Walser

Robert Walser was born in Switzerland in 1878 and worked as a bank clerk before becoming a writer. In 1929 he was diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia and was admitted to Waldau psychiatric hospital. In 1933 he was transferred against his will to the sanitorium at Herisau, where he gave up on writing. Walser died there on Christmas Day, 1956.