Earlier this year, at the beginning of a buddy read of Andrea Wulf’s Magnificent Rebels (in another venue), a friend asked about German (speaking) 19th century women writers or more specifically, German women writers “in the years between the French Revolution and WWI”. Another friend and (somewhat belatedly) I came up with a few names, but the question stuck with me, and when later putting together a list of German books and authors for a friend in France (under the motto “learn about Germany from German writers” — he did the same, vice versa, for France), I made a point of looking into it again; including though by far not limited to the 19th century. The results far exceeded my own expectations, and I decided they warrant a series of blog posts; so for anybody who is interested, I’ve put together a multi-post collection of mini-biographies, moving forward essentially in chronological order from the Middle Ages to 20th century and contemporary writers:
- Middle Ages
- Reformation Age
- Age of Enlightenment
- 19th Century
- Intermezzo: Historical Fiction
- 20th Century / Contemporary
If you’re looking for more, Wikipedia has an alphabetical list of German women writers spanning all centuries from the Middle Ages to the present day.