Schopenhauer, Adele

BORN 12 Jun 1797, Hamburg - DIED 25 Aug 1849, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof

Daughter of the writer Johanna Schopenhauer and the merchant Heinrich Floris Schopenhauer. The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was her brother. After her father commited suicide in Hamburg in 1805 she went to Weimar with her mother. There she was in frequent contact with Goethe and she was among the few persons who had a friendly attitude towards Christiane von Goethe, who was shunned by the Weimar society. She became close friends with Goethe's daughter-in-law Ottilie.

In 1828 she moved to Bonn with her mother. There she became friends with Sibylle Mertens-Schaaffhausen, who was her lover, and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. After her mother died she published her legacy.

Adele suffered from health problems and from 1844 onwards she mainly lived in Italy. In 1849 she returned to Germany. She was very ill now and was taken care of by Sibylle Mertens-Schaaffhausen until she died on August 25th. She was the author of fairytales, poems, novels and diaries.

• Mother: Schopenhauer, Johanna
• Brother: Schopenhauer, Arthur

Related persons
• knew Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
• was a friend of Goethe, Ottilie von
• met Lewald, Fanny


The grave of Adela Schopenhauer at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (17 Mar 2022)


Adele Schopenhauer - Kurzbiographie

Schopenhauer, Arthur

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 26 Mar 2022