Taking on the imaginary role of a deceased student and co-opting his essays, the then 26-year-old Robert Walser started his career with Fritz Kochers Aufsätze (Fritz Kocher’s Essays) that where first published by Insel in 1904. His Poetenleben [Life of a Poet] in the meantime is a compilation of 25 short-stories, which expose and recount in a mischievously innocent tone events out of the adventurously old-fashioned daily life of a ‘poet’.