Helene Böhlau

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Helene Böhlau (22 November 1859 in Weimar – 26 March 1940 in Augsburg) was a German novelist.[1]


She traveled much in the East, married Omar al-Raschid Bey at Istanbul, and settled down in Munich. In 1888 her sketches of Weimar (Ratsmädelgeschichten) brought her a large measure of fame. She showed now and then a leaning toward the Romantic school, but on the whole her high power of description is realistic and her writings are imbued with passion.


Helene Böhlau's Ratsmädel series made the daughters of Weimar Burgermeister Friedrich Kirsten known in all of Germany: Memorial tablet at Windischenstraße 13 in Weimar
  • Novellen (1882)
  • Es hat nicht Sein Sollen (It shouldn't have been, 1891)
  • Das Recht der Mutter (The mother's right, 1896; new ed., 1903)
  • Neue Ratsmädel- und Weimarische Geschichten (1897)
  • Halbtier (Half animal, 1899)
  • Sommerbuch (1902)
  • Die Kristallkugel (The crystal ball, 1903)
  • Isebies (1911)


  1. ^ German Wikipedia says she was born in 1856.