While searching for information regarding The Trial, I discovered an interesting fact. The book was never meant to be published. In fact, if Kafka’s wishes had been fulfilled, this book, along with all his other not yet released works, would have been destroyed upon his death. Kafka was known for lacking confidence, viewing his works as flawed and unworthy of publication. However, Max Brod, Kafka’s literary executor, did not heed his request to destroy the stories, publishing The Trial in 1925, a year after Kafka’s death. While The Trial went on to become Kafka’s most successful novel, the incident does pose a few moral quandaries regarding the privacy of authors. Sure, Kafka was too hard on himself and his novels, but does that still give us the right to peer into Kafka’s private intellectual property? There are a number of similar cases of novels being released posthumously. I know J.R.R. Tolkien had unfinished works published by his son following his death, and nearly all of Emily Dickinson poems were released years after she died. Still, it feels like a violation to expose a work that was explicitly meant to remain private. However, this act of deception, releasing The Trial against Kafka’s will, has left the literary world with a true classic, and for that, we should be grateful.