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The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim (1771)

by Sophie von LaRoche

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This is the first translation of this work into English since 1776, and the only English version that is complete and unadulterated. Sophie von LaRoche is credited with being the first German female novelist and author of the first German "woman's novel." The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim is the first German Bildungsroman with a female protaganist, the first full-fledged German epistolary novel, and the first German sentimental novel. Its autobiographical aspects, incorporating thinly disguised vignettes of Wieland, Goethe, and other great figures of the day, give the work an unmistakably true-to-life flavor and immediacy.… (more)
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Sophie grows up very sheltered. Her mother died when she was very young and her father did the very best to bring her up good and decent. But he, too, dies when Sophie is only 19 years old. Her aunt and uncle, Countess and Count Löbau, take her in and move her to the city and bring her to court. Sophie is overwhelmed with the intricacies of court and her virtues are constantly tested. To make things even harder for her, she catches the eye of two men, tough and correct Lord Seymour and manipulative Lord Derby.

For me, Sophie von La Roche – one of the few (German-speaking) female writers who are still remembered 250 years later – was an exciting discovery. I really loved Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim and finding another successful, historical female writer.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2019/01/19/geschichte-des-frauleins-von-sternheim-the-hist... ( )
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This is the first translation of this work into English since 1776, and the only English version that is complete and unadulterated. Sophie von LaRoche is credited with being the first German female novelist and author of the first German "woman's novel." The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim is the first German Bildungsroman with a female protaganist, the first full-fledged German epistolary novel, and the first German sentimental novel. Its autobiographical aspects, incorporating thinly disguised vignettes of Wieland, Goethe, and other great figures of the day, give the work an unmistakably true-to-life flavor and immediacy.

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