BORN 5 Dec 1825, Arnstadt, Thüringen - DIED 22 Jun 1887, Arnstadt, Thüringen (near)|
REAL NAME John, Friederieke Henriette Christiane Eugenie
GRAVE LOCATION Arnstadt, Thüringen: Alter Friedhof, Bahnhofstrasse
Eugenie John was the daughter of a portrait painter. She had
a fine voice and the Princess of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen became
her patron. This enabled her to study singing in Vienna. But
she became deaf and had to abandon her career as a singer in
1853. She became reader and companion to the princess and lived
for eleven years at the court. She was fired for financial reasons
in 1863 and returned to her native Arnstadt where she lived
with her brother Alfred.|
In Arnstadt she wrote like "Die Zwölf Apostel" (1865), "Reichsgräfin Gisela" (1870) and "Die zweite Frau" (1874). Her work also appeared in English. She used the name E. Marlitt and possibly it meant Meine Arnstädter Litteratur' ('My literature from Arnstadt'). Her books sold very well and from the earnings she built the villa Marlitt in Arnstadt where she lived together with her father. After her death her unfinished novel was completed by Wilhelmine Heimburg.
She was buried at the Alter Friedhof in Arnstadt. Her monument was removed in 1951 but it was replaced in 1992.