Wilhelmine von Hillern

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Wilhelmine von Hillern
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Wilhelmine von Hillern (11 March 1836 Munich - 15 December 1916 Hohenaschau) was a German actress and novelist.

Biography[edit]

She was the daughter of the novelist Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer. She was brought up in Berlin, became an actress at Gotha (1854), and married the prominent jurist von Hillern at Freiburg im Breisgau in 1857. Her husband died 8 December 1882. After that, she lived chiefly at Oberammergau and Tutzing.

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Her principal novels and short stories were produced during the 1860s and 1870s. One of them, Höher als die Kirche (Higher than the Church; a tale of Freiburg im Breisgau in Reformation days, 1877) was quite well known in America by reason of the fact that it was frequently read as a text by students of elementary German. It is a comparatively insignificant work, however, by no means so important as the novels, Ein Arzt der Seele (A doctor for the soul; a satire of bluestockings, Berlin 1869), Die Geyer-Wally (Wally the vulture, Berlin 1875), Und sie kommt doch (And she's coming, Berlin 1879), and Ein Blick ins Weite (Black Forest sketches, 1897). One of her novels, Only a Girl, was translated into English by Annis Lee Wister in 1870.

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