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DiedSeptember 16, 1999, Bassersdorf, Switzerland

Elsie Attenhofer was born on December 21, 1868, in Bern, Switzerland. Her parents were both Swiss, and she had two older sisters. Attenhofer was educated at the local girls’ school in Bern and then at the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles in Paris. She began her career as a teacher, but soon turned to writing.

Attenhofer’s first novel, Die Tochter des Pfarrers (The Pastor’s Daughter), was published in 1892 and was an instant success. She followed it with a string of other popular novels, including Der Liebesbrief (The Love Letter, 1895), Der Glückspilz (The Lucky One, 1897), and Die Frau im Mond (The Woman in the Moon, 1899).

In 1901, Attenhofer married the German diplomat Karl von Hessen-Darmstadt. The couple had two children.

During World War I, Attenhofer’s husband was posted to the German embassy in Bern. Attenhofer used her position to help Allied soldiers who had been captured by the Germans. She also wrote a series of articles for the Bernese newspaper Der Bund criticizing the German war effort.

After the war, Attenhofer divorced her husband and married the Swiss writer Gottfried Keller. The couple had one child.

Attenhofer continued to write novels and short stories throughout her life. Her last novel, Der Tod eines Freundes (The Death of a Friend), was published in 1935. She died of cancer on March 11, 1936, in Zurich.

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Full NameElsie Attenhofer
DiedSeptember 16, 1999, Bassersdorf, Switzerland



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