The Red Countess

The Red Countess Hermynia Zur Mühlen
Forthcoming in 2018

Praise for the first edition of this book:

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

[This book] represents exceptional value, both as an enjoyable read and as an introduction to an attractive author who amply deserves rediscovery.
— Ritchie Robertson, Journal of European Studies, 42(1): 106-07.


Born into a distinguished aristocratic family of the old Habsburg Empire, Hermynia Zur Mühlen spent much of her childhood and early youth travelling in Europe and North Africa with her diplomat father. Never comfortable with the traditional roles women were expected to play, she broke as a young adult both with her family and, after five years on his estate in the old Czarist Russia, with her German Junker husband, and set out as a free-standing, free-thinking individual, earning a precarious living as a writer. She translated over 70 books from English, French and Russian into German, notably the novels of Upton Sinclair, which she turned into best-sellers in Germany; produced a series of detective novels under a pseudonym; wrote seven engaging and thought-provoking novels of her own, six of which were translated into English; contributed countless insightful short stories and articles to newspapers and magazines; and, having become a committed socialist, achieved international renown in the 1920s with her Fairy Tales for Workers’ Children, which were widely translated including into Chinese and Japanese. Because of her fervent and outspoken opposition to National Socialism, she and her life-long Jewish partner, Stefan Klein, had to flee first Germany, where they had settled, and then, in 1938, her native Austria. They found refuge in England, where Zur Mühlen died, forgotten and virtually penniless, in 1951.


This new, expanded edition contains:

• Zur Mühlen’s autobiographical memoir, The End and the Beginning
• The editor’s detailed notes on the persons and events mentioned in the autobiography
• A selection of Zur Mühlen’s short stories and two fairy tales
• A synopsis of Zur Mühlen’s untranslated novel Our Daughters the Nazi Girls
• An essay by the Editor on Zur Mühlen’s life and work
• A bibliography of Zur Mühlen’s novels in English translation
• A portfolio of selected illustrations of her work by George Grosz and Heinrich Vogeler
• A free online supplement provides additional original material



The Red Countess: Select Autobiographical and Fictional Writing of Hermynia Zur Mühlen (1883-1951)
Lionel Gossman | Forthcoming 2018
ISBN Paperback: 9781783745548
ISBN Hardback: 9781783745555
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783745562
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783745579
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783745586
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0140
Subject codes: BIC: BGH (Biography: historical, political & military), FSJ1 (Gender Studies: women), HBJD (European history); BISAC: BIO022000 (BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women), LIT003000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist)



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Lionel Gossman, M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages emeritus at Princeton University, is the author of several books and many articles on historians and historiography, including three books published by OBP: Brownshirt Princess: A Study of the 'Nazi Conscience', The Passion of Max von Oppenheim: Archaeology and Intrigue in the Middle East from Wilhelm II to Hitler and Thomas Annan of Glasgow: Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph  For OBP he also edited and translated  On History, a collection of essays by Jules Michelet in English translation.