The End and the Beginning: The Book of My Life - Hardback

The End and the Beginning: The Book of My Life - Hardback Hermynia Zur Mühlen. Translation, Introduction and Comments by Lionel Gossman.
Hardback ISBN: 978-1-906924-28-7 £29.95
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"This translation is something of an event. For the first time, it makes Zur Mühlen’s text available to English-speaking readers in a reliable version."
David Midgley, University of Cambridge

First published in Germany in 1929, The End and the Beginning is a lively memoir of a vanished world and of a rebellious young woman’s struggle to achieve independence.

Born in 1883 into a distinguished and wealthy aristocratic family of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hermynia Zur Mühlen spent much of her childhood traveling in Europe and North Africa with her diplomat father. After five years on her German husband’s estate in czarist Russia she broke with both her family and her husband and set out on a precarious career as a professional writer committed to socialism. As well as translating many leading contemporary authors, notably Upton Sinclair, into German, she herself published an impressive number of politically engaged novels, detective stories, short stories, and children’s fairy tales. Because of her outspoken opposition to National Socialism, she had to flee her native Austria in 1938 and seek refuge in England, where she died, virtually penniless, in 1951.

This revised and corrected translation of Zur Mühlen’s memoir — with extensive notes and an essay on the author by Lionel Gossman — will appeal especially to readers interested in women’s history, World War I, and the culture and politics of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Seven free Online Supplements are also provided, containing additional original material including a selection of newly translated stories by Hermynia Zur Mühlen, biographical essays by Lionel Gossman and a portfolio of images.

No. of pages: 300
No. of illustrations: 35

ISBN (13): 9781906924270
ISBN (10): 1906924279

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The End and the Beginning - The Book of My Life  by Hermynia Zur Mühlen, translated and with an introduction and discussion by Lionel Gossman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.