Klara Mundt (Pen Name Luise Mühlbach)
1814 – 1873 A.D.
Luise Mühlbach, a German novelist, was born in 1814 as Klara Muller. Her husband, Theodore Mundt, was for some years a teacher in the University of Berlin, and afterward became professor of general history and literature in Breslau, and then became director of the library of the Berlin University. In politics he was a liberals and often gave offense. For many years he was an invalid, but the income from the works written by his wife enable them to live in comfort.
Under the pseudonym of “Mühlbach”, Mrs. Mundt produced more than fifty novels, and her works comprise about one hundred volumes. She was a prominent advocate of woman’s suffrage and other radical changes in the status of women. In politics, she was, like her husband, an extreme liberalist and actively participated in several reform movements.
Her fame rests chiefly upon her historical romance novels. In this field she wrote extensively. Most of these works were well known in England and America as well as in her native Germany. Among the best known are: “Frederick the Great and His Court”, “Joseph II and His Court”, “The Merchant of Berlin”, “Louisa of Prussia and Her Times”, “Marie Antoinette and Her Son”, “Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia”, “Queen Hortense”, “The Empress Josephine”, “Goethe and Schiller”, “Mohammed Ali and His House”, “The Thirty Years’ War”, and “Emperor William”.
Her works brought her a fortune which was well earned and she was enabled to build a handsome home in Berlin, which became the meeting place of both literary and social leaders.