Mathilde Blind

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  • Simon Avery (University of Westminster)

Mathilde Blind, an important late-Victorian poet, biographer, novelist, essayist, translator and editor, was born Mathilde Cohen in Mannheim, Germany in 1841. Her father, a Jewish banker, died shortly after her birth, and her mother, Friederike Etlinger, soon remarried to Karl Blind, one of Europe's major revolutionary figures. Karl Blind had been tried and condemned on several occasions for the dissemination of anti-government propaganda and in 1848 was a leading figure in the Baden Insurrection, for which he was imprisoned. When a republican government was established in 1849, Blind was released from jail and sent to Paris as a state representative, but when the new republic was itself defeated, the Blind family was forced to flee …

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Avery, Simon. "Mathilde Blind". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 November 2002
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]