Eliška Krásnohorská

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Eliška Krásnohorská
Portrait of Eliška Krásnohorská by Jan Vilímek
Portrait of Eliška Krásnohorská by Jan Vilímek
BornAlžběta Pechová
(1847-11-18)18 November 1847
Prague, Austrian Empire
Died26 November 1926(1926-11-26) (aged 79)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Resting placeOlšany Cemetery

Eliška Krásnohorská (18 November 1847, in Prague – 26 November 1926, in Prague) was a Czech feminist author. She was introduced to literature and feminism by Karolína Světlá. She wrote works of lyric poetry and literary criticism, however, she is usually associated with children's literature and translations, including works by Pushkin, Mickiewicz and Byron.[1]

Krásnohorská wrote the libretti for four operas by Bedřich Smetana: The Kiss, The Secret, The Devil's Wall and Viola. She also wrote the libretto for Zdeněk Fibich's opera Blaník.

In 1890 Krásnohorská founded the Minerva School in Prague, the first gymnasium for girls in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its language of instruction was Czech.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b de Haan, Francisca; Daskalova, Krasimira; Loutfi, Anna (2006). A Biographical Dictionary of Women's Movements and Feminisms. Central European University Press. pp. 262–65. ISBN 963-7326-39-1. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ Sayer, Derek (2000). The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History. Princeton University Press. p. 90. ISBN 069105052X. Retrieved 28 March 2016.