Archives: Woman Writters

Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova (23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966) was a distinguished and influential poet, translator and literary critic shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in 1965 and 1966 (after long being in official disfavour). Akhmatova was born at Bolshoy Fontan, near the Black Sea port of Odessa. Her father, Andrey Gorenko, a naval engineer, and …

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Zofka Kveder

Zofka Kveder was born in 1878 in Ljubljana; soon after her birth, however, her family moved to the countryside. After two years of primary school in her home village, her father sent her to Ljubljana, where she attended a convent school. Back in her home village, she suffered at the hands of her father’s alcoholism …

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Zinaida Gippius

Zinaida Gippius (20 November 1869 – 9 September 1945) wrote many novels and articles, and became the founder of several literary salons in Russia and Europe. She was born in Belyov, where her father worked. After moving to Moscow, Zinaida soon fell ill and moved to Yalta, and then to Tiflis. In 1888, in Borjomi, …

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Marina Tsvetaeva

Marina Tsvetaeva (8 October 1892 – 31 August 1941)  was born in Moscow. Her father was a doctor of Roman literature and an art historian. Her mother was a talented pianist. In 1910, Tsvetaeva published her first collection of poems The Evening Album, to which Valery Bryusov, Maximilian Voloshin and Nikolai Gumilev responded positively. In …

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Marija Jurić Zagorka

Marija Jurić Zagorka (1873 – 1957) was the first Croatian professional woman journalist, political reporter, popular writer and feminist. She wrote her first literary works while at the Girls’ Secondary School in Zagreb. Her engagement in journalism had her parents cut her education short and force her to marry. She fled from her abusive husband …

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Maria Konopnicka

Maria Konopnicka was born in Suwaľki on 23 May 1842. When at the Boarding School for Girls run by the Nuns of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Warsaw (1855-1856), Konopnicka met the writer Eliza Orzeszkowa with whom she remained friends until her death. At the age of 20 she married the landowner Jaroslaw …

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Ljubka Šorli

Ljubka Šorli, married BRATUŽ (1910-1993), was forced to leave her home as a child due to the battles of the Isonzo, which took place near her home. After the war she went to the primary and citizen school in her hometown of Tolmin, and later to music school and school of commerce in Gorizia. Even …

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Lili Novy

LILl NOVY (1885 -1958) was the daughter of Guido Haumeder, an Austrian nobleman, and Ludovika Ahačič, who was born to a rich Slovenian bourgeois family. When her family moved from Graz to Ljubljana, she received private schooling in modern and classical languages. Already before she married a Czech officer she wrote poetry in German and …

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Jelena Dimitrijevic

Jelena Dimitrijević (1862-1945) was born in the Principality of Serbia, post Ottoman Empire, and died in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. She spent most of her long life in Serbia and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. She was 16 when Serbia gained its independence at the Congress of Berlin, after almost 500 years under the Ottoman …

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Ivana Brlić Mažuranić

Ivana Mažuranić was born on 18 April 1874 in Ogulin. Her was mother Henrietta (née Bernath) from a Varaždin family, while her father Vladimir was the son of the first Croatian “commoner” ban (Viceroy) Ivan Mažuranić. During her childhood, Ivana’s family moved several times: to Karlovac, Jastrebarsko and Zagreb, where she spent most of her childhood and adolescence. Her …

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