Huch, Ricarda

BORN 18 Jul 1864, Braunschweig, Niedersachsen - DIED 17 Nov 1947, Schönberg im Taunus, Hessen
CAUSE OF DEATH pneunomia (consequences of)
GRAVE LOCATION Frankfurt am Main, Hessen: Hauptfriedhof (Gewann II, 204a)

Daughter of a rich Brazilian merchant. Because of an affair with her brother in law Richard Hugh and the declining wealth of her family she went to Switzerland in 1888. There she stayed until 1896 and she studied philosophy and history.

In 1891 her first story "Die Goldinsel" was published. Her first verses were also published around this time, under the name of Hugo Huch. On 18 Jul 1891 she finished her studies in history and became a doctor.

In 1897 her affair with Hugh ended and in 1898 she married the Italian dentist Ermanno Ceconi, with whom she lived in Trieste. On 9 Sep their daughter Marie Antonie was born. The following years she wrote novels and gave lectures. In 1906 she divorced Ceconi, who had an affair with her niece and in 1907 she married Ricardo Hugh, who by that time was divorced too. This marriage didn't last as well and came to a conclusion in 1910.

From 1916 to 1918 Ricarda Hugh lived in Switzerland and then from 1927 in Munich, together with her daughter. After that she lived in Berlin, Heidelberg and Jena. In 1931 she received the Goethe Price of Frankfurt.

In 1944 she planned to write a book about the German resistance, but she wasn't able to finish it it. She died in 1947 and was buried in Frankfurt.


The grave of Ricarda Huch at the Hauptfriedhof, Frankfurt.
Picture by Androom (28 Feb 2000)


"Ricarda Huch" by Sophie von Scheve (Schiller Nationalmuseum, Marbach).


• Moos, Günter, Wegweiser durch den Frankfurter Hauptfriedhof, 1994

Huet, Paul

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022