Helene Böhlau

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Portrait of Helene Böhlau

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 (born as Friedrich Arnd) 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.


  • 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)


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


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