Susanne von Klettenberg

Susanne Katharina Seiffart von Klettenberg (19 December 1723 – 16 December 1774) was a German abbess and writer. She was a friend of Katharina Elisabeth Goethe, the mother of writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Klettenberg corresponded with Goethe, and he shaped a character, "Beautiful Soul," after her in his novel Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship.[1] She was also a friend of Friedrich Christoph Steinhofer (1706–1761), a former co-episcopus of the Moravian Church.[2]

Susanne von Klettenberg
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Born(1723-12-19)19 December 1723
Died
16 December 1774(1774-12-16) (aged 50)
OccupationAuthor, poet and writer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Blackwell, Jeannine and Susanne Zantop (1990). Bitter Healing: German Women Writers 1700–1830. University of Nebraska Press. p. 18.
  2. ^ Cf. Reinhard Breymayer: Friedrich Christoph Steinhofer. Ein pietistischer Theologe zwischen Oetinger, Zinzendorf und Goethe. Mit der Lösung eines quellenkritischen Problems bei Karl Barth und einem Exkurs über die Bedeutung von Tugendlehre und Biblischen Summarien für die Lehrtafel in Steinhofers Amtsort Teinach. Noûs-Verlag Thomas Leon Heck, Dußlingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-924249-53-3. – Cf. especially pp. 24–30: "Steinhofer und Goethes Umwelt" about Susanne von Klettenberg and her environment.