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Ricarda Huch (1864–1947)

Author of The Last Summer

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Image credit: Ricarda Huch, 1939. Image © ÖNB/Wien

Works by Ricarda Huch

The Last Summer (1910) — Author — 93 copies
Der Fall Deruga (1916) 36 copies
Die Romantik (1899) — Author — 28 copies
Der Dreissigjährige Krieg (1957) 13 copies
Lebenslauf des heiligen Wonnebald Pück (1900) — Author — 12 copies
Aus der Triumphgasse (1988) 11 copies
Eros Invincible (1893) 10 copies
Liebesgedichte (1912) 8 copies
Michael Unger (1978) 7 copies
Weisse Nächte (1960) 5 copies
Federico Confalonieri (1955) 4 copies
Herbstfeuer. (1999) 3 copies
Gottfried Keller (1920) 3 copies
Briefe an die Freunde (1986) 3 copies
Gesammelte Erzählungen (1965) 3 copies
Quellen des Lebens (1946) 3 copies
Michael Unger (1980) 1 copy
Der Norden 1 copy
Defeat (1906) 1 copy
Luther (1983) 1 copy
1848 : alte und neue Götter — Author — 1 copy
Der Hahn von Qualenbrück — Author — 1 copy
Gedichte (1908) 1 copy
Der Süden 1 copy

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978) — Contributor — 295 copies
Deutsche Gedichte (1956) — Contributor, some editions — 135 copies
Tyskland forteller : tyske noveller (1972) — Contributor — 11 copies
Am Borne deutscher Dichtung (1927) — Contributor — 1 copy
Deutsche Erzählungen (1957) — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Huch, Ricarda
Legal name
Huch, Ricarda Octavia
Other names
Хух, Рикарда
Hugo, Richard (pseudonym)
1864-07-18 (Braunschweig, Germany)
Date of death
1947-11-17 (Kronberg-Schönberg, Germany)
Burial location
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Braunschweig, Germany
Place of death
Schönberg, Germany
Places of residence
Zürich, Switzerland
Bremen, Germany
Vienna, Austria
Trieste, Italy
Munich, Germany
Berlin, Germany (show all 7)
Jena, Germany
University of Zurich (PhD, 1892)
cultural historian
historical novelist
poet (show all 7)
Huch, Rudolf (brother)
Awards and honors
Goethepreis der Stadt Frankfurt (1931)
Wilhelm-Raabe-Preis (1944)
Short biography
Ricarda Huch was born in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany, the daughter of a wealthy merchant family. As women in that era were not permitted to matriculate at German universities, she went to the University of Zurich, where she became the first woman admitted. She obtained a doctorate in history in 1892. She worked as a librarian in Zurich and then as a teacher in Bremen.
She published several volumes of lyrical poetry around this time, including Gedichte (1891) and Neue Gedichte (1907), later combined and re-issued under the title Liebeslyrik (1913). Her first novel, published in 1892, was highly romantic. In 1898, she married Ermanno Ceconi, an Italian dentist, and lived with him in Trieste for several years. She had long been in love with her cousin and brother-in-law Richard Huch, her sister's husband, and finally married him in 1907 after divorces from their spouses. She rose to fame during the years 1902 to 1910 as a master of the historical novel. The best-known are two works dealing with the Romantic period in German history, Blütezeit der Romantik (1899) and Ausbreitung und Verfall der Romantik (1902). Others of her books from this period center on the unification of Italy in the 19th century, Die Geschichten von Garibaldi (1906-1907), Die Verteidigung Roms (1906), and Der Kampf um Rom (1907). She then turned to writing the nonfiction historical works that earned her lasting renown. Her trilogy, Deutsche Geschichte (1912-1949), described Germany during the Thirty Years War, the Reformation, and the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1933, she refused to join the newly-founded Nazi Academy of Writers.

She resigned as the first woman elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts and went into internal exile in Jena, where she wrote a memoir of her years as a young woman in Switzerland, published in 1938 as Frühling in der Schweiz. Among her many awards and honors were the 1931 Goethe Prize.



This was published in 1910, but my copy was a recent translation into English. And the cover blurb is right, it does have relevance to the world we live in.
This is set in Russia, which is experienecing upheaval. There has been some incident in the university (we are not sure exactly what) that has caused the university to be suspended and the chancellor has recieved threats on account of this action. He has retreated, with his wife and 3 children, to his country house and the book is set there. The letters on this come from the 5 of the family plus the young man hired as a bodyguard come secretary to protect the chancellor.
An epistolary novel, we don't get to read all of the correspondance that is happening, so you're never quite sure of eveything that is going on. All of the letters in this come from 6 people and are (mostly) outwards going, which adds to an air of opression, you see very little of the world outside.
There's a lot that is left unsaid. We're never sure of exactly what happened, only that it has divided the population, and divides, to some extent, the family as well. There is a marked difference between those who hold a view and those who hold it strngly enough to actually act upon it, and that is made clear in the letters, but, of course, those are not seen by the people in the house.
It ends very abruptly, and the aftermath of the actions taken are not explored. What happens next it left entirely to your imagination and speculation.
This was a most intriguing read and the blurb is right, this is a book that continues to have relevance even after the passge of time.
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Helenliz | May 7, 2019 |
Review of German romanticism in two volumes from the perspective of a poetess: I Blütezeit (Blossom of Romanticism) II Ausbreitung und Verfall (Decline and Fall).
hbergander | Feb 14, 2014 |



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