Author: Anna Croissant-Rust

Even within her native Germany, Anna Croissant-Rust (1863-1943) remains an obscure figure. She spent most of her adult life in Munich, a highly valued contributor to the city's literary life. In 1890 Croissant-Rust became the sole female member of the forward-looking "Society for Modern Life." Her first three books, all issued in 1893, blended the Society's house style of Naturalism with formal experiments for which there was little precedent, with an acute subjectivity that pointed ahead to Expressionism. While most of her later fiction and drama deployed more traditional story-telling modes, they were often rendered in regional dialect that lent them immediacy and authenticity. Common to all of her works is a profound engagement with natural forces and a tireless fascination for psychological motive. Poverty and illness brought Anna Croissant-Rust's literary career to a premature halt around 1920, and she died in Munich in 1943.

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Fiction. Short Stories. Translated from the German by James J. Conway. To the fretful mother of a sick child it comes in the form of the long-awaited doctor. To a feeble old man it arrives as an obliging stranger who helps him to his feet and out th...

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