Georg Trakl(1887-1914) was born in Salzburg, Austria, where he lived for most of his life. He began writing poetry at age 13 and left school to become a pharmacist, going on to study for a degree in pharmacy at the University of Vienna. After graduating he enlisted in the army and was stationed first in Vienna and then in Innsbruck. With the outbreak of World War I, Trakl was sent to attend soldiers at the Eastern Front in Galicia. After the battle of Grodek, he died of a drug overdose in a military hospital in Kraków.