Paoli, Betty

BORN 30 Dec 1814, Wien - DIED 5 Jul 1894, Baden, Niederösterreich (near Wien)
BIRTH NAME Glück, Barbara Elisabeth
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 0, Reihe 01, Nummer 15)

Betty Paoli was the daughter of Anton Glück, an army physician. She received a good education, but after her father died and her mother lost her money she had to work for a living when she was sixteen. She worked as a nanny in Russia and Poland and she was a lady in waiting for Maria Anna Schwarzenberg (1843-1848), with whom she travelled to Holland and Germany.

In 1832 her first poems were published in newspapers in Prague and Vienna under the name of Betti Glück. In 1841 she spent several months in Venice. After Fürstin Schwarzenberg died in 1848 she tried her hand as a journalist in Germany, but she returned to Vienna in 1850 to work as a lady in waiting.

From 1855 onwards she was a professional author and she lived in the house of her friend Ida Fleischl-Marxow. She worked as a journalist and a critic of books and theatre. She was the first female professional journalist in Austria and her work was important for the women's movement. It was praised by Stifter and Grillparzer. She wrote several novels.

Related persons
• has a connection with Grillparzer, Franz
• has a connection with Stifter, Adalbert


The grave of Betty Paoli at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2005)


• Budig, Robert S. et al, Ehrengräber am Wiener Zentralfriedhof, Compress Verlag Wien, Wien
Betty Paoli – Wikipedia

Papendiek, Alexander

Published: 20 Jul 2008
Last update: 18 Aug 2022