Helen Meier

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Helen Meier (born April 17, 1929 in Mels , canton St. Gallen ; † February 13, 2021 in Trogen , canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden ) was a Swiss writer .


Helen Meier's father was a village school teacher. She attended the teachers' college in Rorschach and then worked as a primary school teacher. After working in England, France and Italy, she studied languages ​​and education at the University of Freiburg . She worked in the refugee aid of the Swiss Red Cross and was a special school teacher in Heiden . In 1984 she was discovered at the Klagenfurt Literature Days, where she received a prize for her story Sensitive to Light . She lived as a freelance writer in Trogenwhere she died in a retirement home in February 2021 at the age of 91.

Helen Meier's prose mainly depicts the inner life of people who suffer from failed lives and unfulfilled love. Another important theme in her works is the experience of aging .




  • Rosmarie Zeller: Meier, Helen. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .
  • Charles Linsmayer: "Writing means turning the inside out. But in such a way that it still stays inside." Life and work of the Swiss writer Helen Meier. In: Helen Meier: Exercise in staggering along the fall. A reader. Edited and provided with a biography of Helen Meier by Charles Linsmayer. Huber, Frauenfeld 2017, pp. 267–383.

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Individual evidence

  1. Helen Meier. In: Kürschner's German Literature Calendar 2018/2019. Volume II: PZ. Walter de Gruyter , 2018, ISBN 978-3-11-057616-0 , p. 619 f.
  2. Swiss author Helen Meier died at the age of 91 , deutschlandfunkkultur.de, published and accessed on February 13, 2021.
  3. Alessia Pagani: First writer honored. In: Thurgauer Zeitung , May 26, 2017.