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Franziska Gräfin zu Reventlow

German Writer 


Born May 18, 1871       

in Husum, Germany

Died July 26, 1918         

in Locarno, Switzerland

Biographical Detail:

Teachers’ training and graduation from the teacher seminar in Lübeck, Germany

Marriage with non-aristrocrat in Hamburg

Study of art in Munich, passion for painting

Birth of her son Rolf in 1897, raised by zu Reventlow alone

Participation in the Munich and later in the Swiss bohemian scene, among artists such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Frank Wedekind and Ludwig Klages

Artistic Practice: 

Known for her semi-autobiographical novels, letters and diaries and narratives/stories



Selection of Works:

Ellen Olestierne (1903) (1. novel)

Von Paul zu Pedro. Amouresken (1912)

Das Geldkomplex (1916)

Der Selbstmordverein (1917)


Forssell, Louise. “Schurken Und Retter. Männlichkeitsbilder Bei Franziska Zu Reventlow.” Studia Neophilologica 82.1 (2010): 100-08. Web., Franziska Gräfin zu Reventlow (Link to Website)

Artist’s Estate:

Part 1: Stadtbibliothek München/Monacensia (Link to Website)

Part 2: Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Schiller-Nationalmuseum, Marbach am Neckar, Germany (Link to Website)

Story Map of F. Gräfin von Reventlow’s Life:  

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