Hilde Spiel

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Hilde Spiel began publishing stories as a teenager in Vienna, and received the Julius Reich literary prize at twenty-two for her “coming of age” novel, Kati auf der Brücke [Katie on the Bridge,1933], about a young woman who considers but rejects suicide after being toyed with by two men. After publishing another novel, Spiel earned a doctorate and worked two years at a center for industrial psychology. In 1936, anticipating the Nazi takeover of Austria, Spiel, a Catholic whose parents were raised Jewish, immigrated to London. She quickly acquired the ability to write in English as well as German and became a successful journalist. In England from 1936 to 1963 and in Austria from that year …

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Saur, Pamela S.. "Hilde Spiel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 November 2008
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