|WRITER, JOURNALIST (AUSTRIA)|
BORN 19 Oct 1911, Wien - DIED 30 Nov 1990, Wien|
GRAVE LOCATION Bad Ischl, Oberösterreich: Friedhof, Grazer Strasse
From her seventeenth year Hilde Spiel visited the coffeehouses in Vienna where the literary world came together. In 1929 she published her first short story, "Der kleine Bub Desider". She joined the left wing SDAP and when the political climate became hostile in 1936 she emigrated to London with Peter de Mendelssohn. They married in that same year and they had two children. In 1939 her first novel in the English language was published, "Flute and Drums". In 1944 she became a British citizen.
After the war she worked as a reporter in Vienna for the magazine "New Statesman". In 1962 she published the biography "Fanny Arnstein oder Die Emanzipation". In 1963 she separated from De Mendelssohn and in 1970 they were divorced. From 1963 to the mid 1980s she worked for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. She married the author Hans Flesch von Brunningen in 1972. He died in 1981. In 1990 she died and she is buried with her parents and her second husband in Bad Ischl.
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