Meyrink, Gustav (gŏsˈtäf mĪˈrĭngk) [key], 1868–1932, German author, b. Vienna. His original name was Gustav Meyer. A staff member of Simplicissimus from 1902, he became famous for his sketches, parodies, and comedies. His novels, including The Golem (1916, tr. 1928), about an artificial man who runs amok, and Walpurgisnacht (1917), have a surrealistic blend of comedy, grotesquerie, and symbolism.