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Elsa Asenijeff

Austrian Writer


Born Jan 3, 1867 

in Vienna, Austria

Name at Birth: Alesa Maria Packeny


Died April 5, 1941 

in Bräunsdorf, Germany

Biographical Details:

1896     First publication: Ist das die Liebe? (1896), published under the pseudonym Elsa Asenijeff

From 1899    

  • Study of Philosophy in Leipzig
  • Involvement in antiwar groups
  • Experimentation with texts for cinema
  • Relationship with sculptor Max Klinger

Around 1900     Most productive period in Leipzig:

  • Published a volume of poetry or short stories almost every year
  • Held lectures and wrote for various prestigious literary journals

1921     Declared mentally unstable and deprived of her rights

1924     Forcefully hospitalized in the psychiatric clinic of the University of Leipzig

Selection of Works:

Ist das Liebe? (1896)

“Daseinselend. Episoden aus dem Weibesleben”

Aufruhr der Weiber und das dritte Geschlecht (1898)

Tagesbuchblätter einer Emancipierten (1902)


Schwartz, Agatha. “Sexual Cripples and Moral Degenerates: Fin-De-Siècle Austrian Women Writers on Male Sexuality and Masculinity.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, vol. 44, no. 1, Feb. 2008, pp. 53-67.

Artist’s Estate: 

Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Schiller-Nationalmuseum, Marbach am Neckar, Germany (Link to Website)

Story map of Elsa Asenijeff’s life:

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