Ludmila Assing

Ludmilla Assing ( Hamburg , 22 of February of 1821 – Florence , 25 of March of 1880 ) was a German writer, who also wrote under the pseudonyms of “Achim Lothar” and “Talora”.


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  • 1 Biographical synthesis
    • 1 Death
  • 2 Works
  • 3 Sources

Biographical synthesis

When she was orphaned, the famous writer Varnhagen de Ense moved to Berlin with her uncle , where she met Humboldt, Prince Musckan and other notable figures of that time.

When his uncle died he entrusted him with the commission of publishing his posthumous works: Memoirs of Varnhagen de Ense in 1859 and Letters of Alexander de Humboldt to Varnhagen de Ense from 1827 to 1858 (Leipzig, 1861 – 1871 ) sensational publications, highly compromising by various magnates from the court and considered offensive to the king and queen, who forced her to leave her country to free herself from the prison to which she was sentenced.

She took refuge in Florence , where she married an Italian officer named Cino Grimelli in 1874 , from whom she divorced shortly thereafter in 1878 , until she was attacked from a mental illness in 1880, she was confined in a health home, dying within a few months. .


Dies in Florence in 1880


In addition to the works cited, he wrote among others:

  • Biographies of the Countess of Elisa de Ahlefeldt( Berlin , 1857 )
  • Sofia de Laroche, Wieland’s friend(Berlin, 1859 ).
  • Correspondence between Varnhagen and Oelsner( Stuttgart , 1865 )
  • Letters of Staegemann, from Metternich,( Leipzig , 1865)
  • Pages from the history of Prussia(Leipzig, 1868 -69)
  • Selected works of Varnhagen de Ense(Leipzig, 1871 -76)
  • Correspondence of Varnhagen and Rachel( 1874 -75)
  • I remember Rachel( 1877 ).

During his stay in Florence, he translated into German the Italian works of Pedro Cironi The Art of the Rebels and the Italian national press from 1828 to 1860 , and published the biography of this author, written in Italian, a language he dominated as German.

The social position of women ( 1866 ), José Mazzini and his works (1868) and In memoriam di Giovanni Grilenzoni (Genova, 1868).


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