Hahn-Hahn, Ida

BORN 22 Jun 1805, Tressow, Mecklenburg - DIED 12 Jan 1880, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz
BIRTH NAME Hahn, Ida Marie Louise Sophie Friederike Gustave Gräfin von
GRAVE LOCATION Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz: Hauptfriedhof (Feld 14, Reihe 17)

Ida Hahn was the daughter came from a family that had been rich, but her father had spent it all. In 1826 she married he cousin Friedrich Wilhelm Adolph Graf von Hahn (1804-1859) but their union was very unhappy and in 1829 they divorced. Shortly afterwards she gave birth to a mentally handicapped daughter, Antonie (1829-1856). Antonie was given into foster case and defying the conventions of her time, she started travelling and she lived for 21 years with Adolf von Bystram without marrying him. In 1836 she had a short affair with the politician Heinrich Simon (1805-1860).

Her work was influenced by George Sand and her novels "Sigismund Forster" (1843), "Cecil" (1844), "Sybille" (1846) were all successful. Her work was praised by Joseph von Eichendorff and Theodor Fontane, but Fanny Lewald criticized her aristocratic attitude. After Von Bystram died in 1849 she turned to catholicism. In 1852 she entered the convent Du Bon Pasteur at Angers. But soon she left it and settled in Mainz. The she opened the cloister "Vom guten Hirten" next to the St. Stepha church. She lived there until her death in 1880. She continued her writing and her novel "Maria Regina" (1860) was another success. Her last novel was "Nirwana" (1875).

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The grave of Ida Hahn at the Hauptfriedhof, Mainz.
Picture by Androom (28 Apr 2013)


The grave of Ida Hahn at the Hauptfriedhof, Mainz.
Picture by Androom (28 Apr 2013)


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Published: 18 Oct 2020
Last update: 28 Mar 2022