Ingeborg Bachmann

Sara Lennox (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
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Ingeborg Bachmann has been recognized as one of post-1945 German literature’s most important writers at least since 1954, when she was featured on the cover of West Germany’s prominent news magazine,

Der Spiegel


Der Spiegel

acclaimed Bachmann’s poetry a “stenograph of its time”, treating her poems as a turning point in post-war writing, a signal that German literature had overcome the Nazi past and resumed its proper place on the stage of world literature. Though an Austrian herself, Bachmann made her mark as the so-called “First Lady of the Gruppe 47”, the loose congregation of major German authors that dominated German writing from its founding in 1947 to its dissolution in 1966. First invited to the Gruppe 47’s biannual meeting in 1952, Bachmann won the group’s first…

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Citation: Lennox, Sara. "Ingeborg Bachmann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2004 [, accessed 18 July 2024.]

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