Keun, Irmgard

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Keun, Irmgard Gender: F
Irmgard Charlotte Keun
born on 6 February 1905 at 20:15 (= 8:15 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 17°22' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 13°18 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 21°53'

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German author noteworthy both for her portrayals of life in the Weimar Republic as well as the early years of the Nazi Germany era.

In 1913, she moved with her family to Cologne. She worked as a stenotypist, but also attended acting school in Cologne from 1925-1927. Although she then landed stage roles in Greifswald and Hamburg, these were only somewhat successful, and she decided to abandon her acting career in 1929. Encouraged by German writer Alfred Döblin, she turned her hand to writing.

In 1932, she married the writer and director Johannes Tralow. They divorced in 1937.

Keun's first novel, Gilgi - One of Us, made her famous, as well as her next book and best-seller, The Artificial Silk Girl.

In 1933/34, her books were confiscated and forbidden by the Nazis. She went into exile from 1936–1940, first to Ostend in Belgium and later to the Netherlands.

Keun received great acclaim for her sharp-witted books. She counted among her friends such literary notables as Egon Erwin Kisch, Hermann Kesten, Stefan Zweig, Ernst Toller, Ernst Weiss, and Heinrich Mann.

From 1936 to 1938, she had a romantic relationship with Joseph Roth, a relationship that at first had a positive effect on her literary output. She worked together with Roth, traveling with him to various European cities. After the German invasion of the Netherlands, she returned in 1940 to Nazi Germany. Protected by false reports of her own suicide, she lived there undercover until 1945.

She died on May 5, 1982.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield (c) cites the birth record transcribed in Ingrid Marchlewitz's book, "Irmgard Keun: Leben und Werk" (Königshausen & Neumann, 1999), p. 17: "Hingegen sind die Adresse wie auch das von Irmgard Keun zeitlebens verleugnete Geburtsjahr aktenkundig: Charlottenburg am 11. Februar 1905. Vor dem unterzeichneten Standesbeamten erschein heute, der Persönlichkeit nach auf Grund des Familienstammbuches anerkannt, der Kaufmann Eduard Ferdinand Keun, wohnhaft in Charlottenburg, Meineke Straße 6, evangelischer Religion, und zeigte an, dass von der Elsa Charlotte Keun, geborene Haese, seiner Ehefrau, evangelischer Religion, wohnhaft bei ihm, zu Charlottenburg, in seiner Wohnung am sechsten Februar des Jahres tausend neunhundert und fünf nachmittags um acht ein viertel Uhr ein Mädchen geboren worden sei und dass das Kind die Vornamen Irmgard Charlotte erhalten habe."


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