BORN 6 Mar 1894, Dresden, Sachsen - DIED 24 Sep 1975, München, Bayern|
REAL NAME Borchardt, Elisabeth
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Nymphenburger Friedhof, Maria-Ward-Straße 10 (4-1-15)
Elisabeth Castonier was the daughter of the painter Felix Borchardt.
She grew up in Dresden, Paris and Berlin. During the First World
War she left home because she coudn't get along with her new
stepmother. She went to Munich where he startted writing. She
married a Danish opera singer in 1923 but in 1934 they were
divorced in Kopenhagen.|
She sebuted with a crime novel in 1928 and in 1932 her novel "Frau, Knecht, Magd" was published in the Berliner Tageblatt. Her play "Die Sardinenfischer" was performed in 1933 but forbidden by the nazis after they came to power. She left Germany for Vienna and moved on to London. In England she wrote children's books. She turned down an offer to work as a translator and worked on the farm of her friend Jane Napier instead.
From 1950 onwards she corresponded with Mary Tucholsky. She suffered from arthrosis and 1955 she moved to Wiltshire with Jane. There she wrote her popular Mill Farm stories. In 1964 she published an autobiography. She died in 1975 in Munich.