Zofka Kveder

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Zofka Kveder
Zofka Kveder 1920s.jpg
Born(1878-04-22)22 April 1878
Ljubljana, Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia)
Died21 November 1926(1926-11-21) (aged 48)
Occupationwriter, playwright, journalist
Notable worksMisterij žene, Odsevi, Njeno življenje, Iz naših krajev, Amerikanci

Zofka Kveder (22 April 1878 – 21 November 1926) was a writer, playwright, translator and journalist who wrote in Slovene and later in life also in Croatian. She is considered one of the first Slovene women writers and feminists[1]

Kveder was born in Ljubljana and spent most of her childhood in rural Lower Carniola before she was sent to a convent school in Ljubljana. In 1897 she found work in Ljubljana. In 1899 she first moved to Trieste and then to Bern where she enrolled in the university, but was unable to support herself financially and headed for Munich and then Prague. There she met her future husband Vladimir Jelovšek, a Croatian medical student with whom she moved to Zagreb in 1906. She later remarried to the Croatian politician Juraj Demetrović. In Prague she published her first book of short stories Misterij žene (The Mystery of a Woman).[2]

In Slovene literature her encouragement of young writers at the time such as Prežihov Voranc and France Bevk in her role as the editor of the Prague published journal Domači prijatelj is also acknowledged. She also translated some of Janko Kersnik and Ivan Cankar's work into German as well as Czech and Croatian plays into Slovene.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Misterij žene, short stories (1900)
  • Odsevi, short stories (1902)
  • Iz naših krajev, short stories (1903)
  • Iskre, short stories (1905)
  • Njeno življenje, novel (1914 and 1918)
  • Vladka in Mitka, (1927)
  • Vladka, Mitka in Mirica, (1928)
  • Hanka, novel (1917 in Croatian, 1938 in Slovene)
  • Veliki in mali ljudje, (1960)


  • Ljubezen, (1901)
  • Amerikanci, (1908)
  • Unuk Kraljevića Marka (1922)
  • Arditi na otoku Krku, (1923)


  1. ^ Francisca de Haan, Krasimira Daskalova, Anna Loutfi: Biographical dictionary of women's movements and feminisms in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe: 19th and 20th centuries, Central European University Press, 2006, pp. 282–284
  2. ^ "Zofka Kveder, Slovenian writer, journalist, editor, feminist, 1878–1926". Women Writer's Network. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  3. ^ Helga Glušič, Sto Slovenskih Pripovednikov (Ljubljana: Prešernova družba, 1996) ISBN 961-6186-21-3

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