Amalie Winter was the pen name of Baroness Amalie von Gross, née von Seebach, born in Weimar to an aristocratic German family. Early in life, she got to know Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who influenced her thinking and writing. In about 1821, she married Baron Ludwig von Gross, a nobleman and courtier, with whom she had three children. At age 27, she was contributing to Chaos, the popular local journal. She wrote poetry, short stories, memoirs, novels, and many works for children, including fiction and educational books. She also translated the works of Lady Blessington, Charles Dickens, and Thomas De Quincey into German.