Elsa Asenijeff (First Draft)

ElsaAsenijeff NeuAustrian 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 mapping of the artist’s life: