Reventlow, Franziska Gräfin zu

AUTHOR, TRANSLATOR, PAINTER (GERMANY)
BORN 18 May 1871, Husum, Schleswig-Holstein - DIED 25 Jul 1918, Muralto, Ticino (near Locarno)
REAL NAME Reventlow, Fanny Liane Wilhelmine Sophie Auguste Adrienne Gräfin zu
GRAVE LOCATION Locarno, Ticino: Cimitero di Santa Maria in Selva, Via Valle Maggia (Columbarium)

Fanny Reventlow was a daughter of the Prussian Ludwig, Count zu Reventlow (1825-1894) and his wife Emilie (1834-1905). Her brother Ernst was an author and eventually a nazi. In her youth she had many conflicts with her mother and she was expelled from a boarding school. In 1893 she left her family and went to Hamburg, where she met Walter Lübke. He financed her art education in Munich and in 1894 they married. In1895 they broke up and in 1897 they were divorced. In the same year her son Rudolf was born. The father may have been the painter Adolf Eduard Herstein.

In Munich she did translation work and wrote for Simplicissimus and other publications. In 1898 she worked as an actress for the Theater am Gärtnerplatz for a while. She became a member of the circle around the mystic Alfred Schuler that included Karl Wolfskehl as well. In 1904 the circle broke up and she would write about it in her novel "Herrn Dames Aufzeichnungen" (1913). in Munich she knew Erich Mühsam, Oskar Panizza, Rainer Maria Rilke, Marianne von Werefkin, Alexej von Jawlensky, Frank Wedekind and many others. With her son she visited Italy in 1904 and in 1907.

In 1910 she moved to Ascona, where she wrote several novels. In 1911 she married Baron Alexander von Rechenberg-Linten, not for love but to enable him to inherit a large sum of money. He lost his money in 1914. In 1916 she moved to Muralto. She died in Locarno in 1918 after a bicylce accident. The author Emil Ludwig spoke at her funeral.

Related persons
• knew Mühsam, Erich
• knew Wedekind, Frank

Images

The grave of Franziska Gräfin zu Reventlow at the Cimitero di Santa Maria in Selva in Locarno, Ticino.
Picture by Androom (14 Feb 2019)

 

Sources
Fanny zu Reventlow - Wikipedia


Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus Freiherr von

Published: 8 Dec 2019
Last update: 30 May 2020