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Dora d’Istria (1828–1888)

Istria, Dora d’ (dō’rä dis’trē-ä). Pseudonym of Elena Chica, who married the Russian prince Kolzow-Massalsky. A Romanian writer of travel sketches, mostly in French (1828–88); born at Bucharest. Most of her writings are polemic; e.g., her first work, ‘Monastic Life in the Eastern Church,’ alleges monasticism to be the principal obstacle to civilization in Eastern and Southern Europe. Her other works include: ‘German Switzerland’ (4 vols.); ‘Women in the East’; ‘Women, by a Woman.’ Her studies on Albanian poetry gave rise to a nationalistic and literary movement among the Albanians.