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Fanny Lewald (21 March 1811 – 5 August 1889) was a German author.
Life and career
Fanny Lewald was born at Königsberg in East Prussia in 1811 to a bourgeois, Jewish family. She was taken out of school at thirteen to learn household skills she would need as a wife. Lewald was intended to marry a young theologian at age seventeen and converted to Christianity for the marriage. However, her betrothed died before the wedding took place. She traveled in the German Confederation, France and Italy. In 1841 she published her first novel in her cousin August Lewald's periodical Europa, under the title Der Stellvertreter. In 1845, she settled at Berlin. Here, in 1854, she married the author Adolf Stahr. In 1876, after his death, she moved to Dresden, where she engaged in literary work until her death in 1889.
Among the best known of her novels are:
- Klementine (1843)
- Jenny (1843)
- Prinz Louis Ferdinand (1849; 2nd ed., 1859)
- Das Mädchen von Hela (1860)
- Von Geschlecht zu Geschlecht (8 vols, 1863–1865)
- Nella (1870)
- Die Erlöserin (1873)
- Benvenuto (1875)
- Stella (1883; English trans. by B. Marshall, 1884)
Of her writings in defence of the emancipation of women, Osterbriefe für die Frauen (1863) and Für und wider die Frauen (1870) are conspicuous. She also wrote sketches of travel. Her autobiography, Meine Lebensgeschichte (6 vols, 1861–1862), affords glimpses of the literary life of her time.
A selection of her works was published under the title Gesammelte Schriften in 12 vols (1870–1874), and separately, in English as "Recollections of 1848" and "The Education of Fanny Lewald", translated by Hanna Lewis.
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- Eyck, Frank (1999). "Reviewed Work: A Year of Revolutions: Fanny Lewald's Recollections of 1848 by Hanna Ballin Lewis". Central European History. ISSN 0008-9389. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lewald, Fanny". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. This work in turn cites:
- K. Frenzel, Erinnerungen und Strömungen (1890)
- Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Lewald, Fanny". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. This work also cites Frenzel.