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Gertrud von Le Fort
was a German
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writer of novels, poems, and essays. She came from a Protestant background, but converted to Catholicism
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in 1926. Most of Gertrud's writings come after this conversion. In 1952 she won the Gottfried-Keller-Preis
The Gottfried-Keller-Preis or Prix Gottfried Keller is one of the oldest literary awards of Switzerland.The prize was created by Martin Bodmer and is named after the Swiss author Gottfried Keller...
Her novella Die Letzte am Schafott
(The Last on the Scaffold
) was the original basis for the opera Dialogues of the Carmelites
Dialogues of the Carmelites , is an opera in three acts by Francis Poulenc. In 1953, M. Valcarenghi approached Poulenc to commission a ballet for La Scala in Milan; when Poulenc found the proposed subject uninspiring, Valcarenghi suggested instead a screenplay by Georges Bernanos, based on the...
by Francis Poulenc
Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and a member of the French group Les six. He composed solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, choral music, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music...
. She also wrote a book called The Eternal Woman, which was published in paperback in English on March 1st, 2010.
- "Denn die Welt kann zwar durch die Macht des Mannes bewegt werden, gesegnet aber im eigentlichen Sinne des Wortes wird sie immer nur im Zeichen der Frau
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- Helena M. Tomko : Sacramental Realism: Gertrud von le Fort and German Catholic Literature in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich (1924-46) read online at google-books