Elisavet Moutzan-Martinengou

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  • Helen Kolias (University of Michigan)

Elisavet Moutzan-Martinengou is widely considered to be the first woman prose-writer in Modern Greek, despite the fact that none of her writings were published during her lifetime; indeed, most of these works were lost or destroyed in the fire that followed the earthquakes of 1953 in her native Zakynthos. Only some letters, a few fragments and excerpts, some poems, and her autobiography survived this fate.

Elisavet Moutzan (also known as Moutza or Moutsan) was born in October 1801 into a well-to-do family in Zakynthos Town and died in the same town thirty-one years later, in November 1832, two weeks after giving birth to her son. She was the daughter of Francisco Moutzan and Angeliki Sigourou, both members of established …

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Kolias, Helen. "Elisavet Moutzan-Martinengou". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 February 2009
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