On 6 August 2006, Christa Reinig celebrated her 80th birthday, an event recognized in the news media and on the literary scene in Germany. The author, a long-time resident of Munich, used to live there in relative seclusion, rarely granting interviews in the final years of her life. Reinig published poetry, prose, and radio plays since the late 1940s. Although the multi-faceted dimensions of the author's life create fertile ground for rich comparisons with her contemporaries, her identity as a feminist lesbian writer, active in the women's movement in the 1970s and 1980s, marks her career as uniquely productive and courageous.

There are a number of similarities to other post-war German-language writers that can be traced in Reinig's case: she cared for her mother until her death in East

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Citation: Strawser, Amy Kepple. "Christa Reinig". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 September 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11734, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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