Susette Borkenstein Gontard

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Susette Gontard, née Borkenstein (1769–1802),[1] dubbed Diotima by the German poet Friedrich Hölderlin after Diotima of Mantinea,[citation needed] was the inspiration for his novel Hyperion, published in 1797–1799. She was the wife of Hölderlin's employer, the Frankfurt banker Jakob Friedrich Gontard. It is generally believed that the poet's fatal passion for her contributed to his descent into insanity and ultimate death. Hölderlin and Gontard exchanged a large body of letters, which was preserved and has been published in many editions.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Gontard; Susette Borkenstein Gontard; Douglas F. Kenney; Sabine Menner-Bettscheid (2000). The recalcitrant art: Diotima's letters to Hölderlin and related missives. SUNY Press. p. 257. ISBN 0-7914-4602-6.