Sophie von La Roche

Monika Nenon (University of Memphis)
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Sophie von La Roche (1730-1807) is one of the most famous German women authors of the eighteenth century. She composed an extensive body of work that includes novels, such as

Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim


The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim]

, moral narratives, travel journals, pedagogical letters, autobiographical works, memoirs, and the journal


. Her works focus on topics such as how one should lead one’s life and how to achieve education, virtue, and happiness (especially as

a woman).

Marie Sophie von La Roche, née Gutermann, was born on December 6, 1730, as the daughter of the protestant physician Georg Friedrich Gutermann and his wife Regina Barbara, née Unold, in Kaufbeuren. She spent most of her childhood in Augsburg, where her father was Dean of the College of

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Citation: Nenon, Monika. "Sophie von La Roche". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2021 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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