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Bettina von Arnim (1785–1859)

Brentano, Elizabeth (bren-tä’nō), commonly known as Bettina von Arnim. A German writer (1785–1859), sister of Clemens Brentano, and famed for ‘Goethe’s Correspondence with a Child’; which, to a great extent fictitious, is, from a purely poetic point of view, one of the fairest specimens of romanticism. It was translated by her into English, and in that garb constitutes a literary curiosity. Of a similar nature is her correspondence with Caroline von Günderode, the friend of her youth, published under the title ‘Die Günderode’ (1840). She also wrote ‘This Book Belongs to the King’ (1843), an attempt to solve the question of pauperism. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).