Amalie Baisch, née Marggraff, was born in Munich, Germany, a daughter of Rudolf Marggraff, a professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Academy of Fine Arts). She attended the Max-Josef-Stift Gymnasium and then took a job as a teacher in Paris. She frequented the Paris salons and traveled widely. She used her experiences to write literary sketches. In 1885, she married Otto Bausch, also a writer, with whom she had a son. The couple moved to Stuttgart, where he became an editor-in-chief of a magazine. She wrote educational works for young women and girls under her birth name and also under the pen name Ernesta.