Heimito von Doderer was born in 1896 in Hadersdorf/Weidlingau near Vienna. After WWI, he studied history and psychology in Vienna and obtained his doctorate in 1925. He published his first literary works in 1920s. In 1933, he joined the Nazi party (NSDAP). He lived in Dachau from 1936 to 1938 when he returned to Vienna. He was conscripted in the air force in 1940 and was released from service in 1942 because of neuralgia. He was a prisoner of war in Norway and was released in 1946. He wrote the majority of his oeuvre in the years after WWII. His most famous works are Every Man a Murderer (1938), Die Strudlhofstiege (1951) und The Demons (1956). Heimito von Doderer died in 1966 in Vienna.