Karoline von Woltmann

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Karoline von Woltmann born Stosch (born March 6, 1782 in Berlin , † November 18, 1847 in Berlin) was a German writer who also published under the pseudonym Luise Berg . Contemporaries she was considered the "German Genlis ".


Karoline von Woltmann was born as the eldest daughter of the doctor and Prussian privy councilor Karl Wilhelm Stosch and Auguste Stosch, born. Hönig, born in Berlin. She was interested in literature at an early age and received a very good education.

At the age of 17 she married the poet and war counselor Karl Müchler . The marriage was divorced in 1804, in the same year she met the author Karl Ludwig von Woltmann , whom she married on October 25, 1805. Around 1804 she wrote her first novel Euphrosyne , which she later revised together with Karl Ludwig von Woltmann and published under the name Heloise . From then on she wrote her own works, but also worked with her husband. Both moved to Prague in 1813 , where Karoline von Woltmann worked not only on novels but also on translations of works by Maria Edgeworth . Since a paralysis of the right arm prevented Karl Ludwig Woltmann from writing, he was already dictating his works to his wife at this point. He died in 1817.

In the same year Karoline von Woltmann wrote an addendum to his autobiography, which had appeared in Brockhaus' Zeitgenossen , and began publishing all of his works , of which a total of 14 volumes had appeared by 1827. In 1824 she became editor-in-chief of the Prague magazine Der Kranz , in which her works were also printed. Two years later she returned to Germany and, apart from trips to Italy and Switzerland in 1832 and 1833, lived in Berlin, where she died in 1847.


  • Euphrosyne (1804, revised 1809 published under the title Heloise )
  • Karl and Karoline von Woltmann's writings (5 volumes, 1806/07)
    • Volume 1: Stories (1806)
    • Volume 2: Stories (1806)
    • Volume 3: Leaves of Love (1806)
    • Volume 4: Poems (1807)
    • Volume 5: Biographies (1807)
  • Orlando (1815)
  • Folk tales of Bohemia (2 volumes, 1815) digitized
  • Maria and Walpurgis (1817)
  • New Folk Tales of Bohemia (1820) digitized
  • Historical accounts of several individual knowledge of times and people (1820)
  • On profession, relationship, virtue and education of women (1820)
  • The white hats (1822)
  • The Ultra and the Liberal (1824)
  • Mirror of the great world and its demands (1824)
  • The sculptors (1829)
  • The white woman (1832)
  • The Legacy (1832)
  • German letters. Woltmann's correspondence with Goethe and other friends (as editor; 1834)
  • People and areas. Germany and Switzerland. Italy (1835)

Magazine articles

  • Spring song of the Germans (in Kronos , 1813)
  • Genebald (in the Berlin ladies' calendar to the year 1816 )
  • The happiness of the distant (in Morgenblatt , 1820)
  • The day's return (in Aglaya , 1822)
  • A fragment from Byron Childe Harold , May , fragment from the works on nature, determination, virtue and education of women , on friendship relationships and poems (in Der Kranz , 1823)
  • Sinnigkeit (in Abendzeitung , 1824)


  • Maria Edgeworth: Memories of the Count of Glenthorn (1814)
  • Maria Edgeworth: stealthy arts (1814)
  • Jean-Nicolas Bouilly : Stories for Young Women (1820)


Web links

Wikisource: Karoline von Woltmann  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. Ladies Conversations Lexicon . Volume 10. above, 1838, p. 465.