Else Lasker-Schüler was born February 11, 1869 in Elberfeld, Germany to Jewish parents. Lasker-Schüler was a writer who was best known for her poetry. Gottfried Benn described her as the greatest German lyric poet.
Lasker-Schüler made important contributions to the body of German Expressionist literature in the areas of short story, the novel, and drama. She contributed to various literary magazine in Germany, most notably Der Strum and Frackel. She also illustrated many of her published volumes of poetry.
Lasker-Schüler married and divorced twice, the second time to Gerog Lewin, the editor of the prominent journal Der Sturm. Lasker-Schüler left Germany in 1933 for Switzerland, before moving again to Jerusalem in 1940 where she died 5 years later on January 22.
Lasker-Schüler’s works have been translated into languages other than German, including English. To find English language translations, search for materials in McKeldin and Clarice Smith Libraries. For the German Language originals, visit Hornbake Library.
From Der Malik: eine Kaisergeschichte mit Bildern und Zeichnungen / von Else Lasker-Schüler. (Pub. 1919) Rare Stacks PT2623.A76 M25 1919
Sources: Redmann, Jennifer, “Else Lasker-Schüler” Writing Hysteria” Women in German Yearbook, 18 (2002) p. 202-225; Encyclopedia Brittanica Online; Standford.edu Classes, Berlin: The City as Body, the City as Metaphor; Sokel, Walter H. “The Prose of German Expressionism,” In A Companion to the Literature of German Expressionism, edited by Neil H. Donahue, New York: Camden House, 2005.