Joseph Joachim Raff (1822 - 1882) Nachlass: Brief von Helene Raff an Paul Heyse - BSB Raffiana V. Heyse, Paul

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The painter and poet Helene Raff (1865-1942), who was born in Wiesbaden, had been involved in the bourgeois women's movement since the 1890s; she joined the Verein für Fraueninteressen founded in Munich (1894) in 1899 and the female writers' association in 1913. From the very beginning, her works have focused on the transformation of the role of women in the present. Paul Heyse (1830-1914, Heyse Archive V.105) became famous as the author of over 150 novels, organiser of the literary scene, fighter for his guild's rights and mediator between Germany and Italy. Heyse was one of the founding members of the Munich poets' society "Die Krokodile" (1857-1883) and sought to draw the general public's attention to some not yet established authors. This letter by Helene Raff to the poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Paul Heyse describes his house in winter and its significance for Raff in poetic terms. In this house, which was the centre of intellectual life, she had found her home ("in this house I discovered my heart"). The letter also reflects Raff's personal relationship with Heyse. She was especially supported by him and Wilhelm Hertz (1835-1902, Hertziana 129 Klingenfeld, Emma) in her literary development. She published a biography of Paul Heyse in 1910 and had previously dedicated a portrait to him at Munich's Glaspalast. Datum: 2019


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