Pichler, Karoline

BORN 7 Sep 1769, Wien - DIED 9 Jul 1843, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 0, reihe 1, nummer 27)

Karoline Pichler was the daughter of Hofrat Franz Sales von Greiner (1732-1798) and Charlotte Hieronymus (1740-1815). Her mother was maid and reader to Empress Maria Theresia. Her brother Anton Pichler was a bookseller and a publisher. She received a good education and both Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn visited her parents' home and may have given her some music lessons.

In 1796 she married government secretary Andreas Pichler (1764-1837). In 1798 their daughter Karoline (1/1798-24/04/1855) was born. As an author she was immediately succesful with "Gleichnisse" (1800). Many novels, plays and poems followed. She was best known for her historical novels and "Agathocles" was appreciated in a letter by Goethe. From 1807 onwards she wrote for Morgenblatt für gebildete Stände together with Therese Huber.

She continued the literary salon that her parents had started and was visited by Franz Grillparzer, Franz Schubert, Theodor Körner, Ludwig Tieck and many others. Dorothea Schlegel was a close friend for thirty years. After her husband's death in 1837 she lived with her widowed daughter. She died in 1843 in Vienna, possibly of suicide. She was buried at the Allgemeine Währinger Friedhof. On 6 September 1901 her remains and that of her husband were transferred to the Zentralfriedhof.

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


Caroline Pichler – Wikipedia

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Published: 25 Sep 2021
Last update: 04 Oct 2021