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Märten, Lu (1879–1970)

Märten, Lu (1879–1970)

German poet, essayist and playwright. Name variations: Lu Marten or Maerten. Born 1879; died 1970.

Became internationally famous with play Bergarbeiter (Miners, 1909); wrote an account of her childhood in Torso: Das Buch eines Kindes (Torso: The Book of a Child, 1909); joined Communist Party (1920); turned to writing essays which focus on socialist and feminist themes; writings include Meine Liedsprachen (1906), Die Frau als Künstlerin (1914), and Revolutionäre Dichtung in Deutschland (1920); also wrote children's stories.

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