Women in Exile depicts German and Austrian women writers whose professional development as writers came to a halt when Hitler came to power. In exile in the United States, most of these women, some of them quite well kwn in Germany and Austria, became invisible because their writing skills were t in demand. In some cases it was them and t their husbands who had to support themselves and their families by other means. Some of them waited many years to see their works in print again; others never did. This book examines the physical, political and psychological exile these women endured in the United States in the late 1930s and 1940s. Each of them represents a different strategy of survival; together they offer a comprehensive framework of the exile experience as a whole. Among these women are Hilde Marx, Vicki Baum, Margarete Kollisch, Gina Kaus, Mascha Kaleko and Lili Koerber.
The Author: Patrizia Guida-Laforgia earned her doctorate in Foreign Literatures with a specialization in German contemporary literature. A scholarship at the German Department at Princeton University made it possible for her to begin writing this book. Dr. Guida-Laforgia works as a free-lance writer. Her other books include: Bertolt Brecht, Aus einem Lesebuch fuer Staedtebewohner; The Lyric of Nelly Sachs; Edward Bond: Il volto della maschera.