Von Schmitzhausen Maria (1851-1929)


Linked to Gorizia, where she resided after her marriage to Camillo von Egger from Gorizia, was the writer Maria von Schmitzhausen, known under the pseudonym of Paul Marie Lacroma. She was born in Trieste on 21 July 1851. Author of numerous short stories and novels (Kleeblätter, Stürme, Formosa, Dosta von Drontheim, Die Modelltini, Unglücksheld, Noli me tangere!, Deus vicit!, all of dramatic and picturesque scope, sometimes published as feuilletton in the newspapers of the time, was a certain success with the public and critics. Bagatellen, a collection of essays on Friuli, Dalmatia, Silesia and Veneto, was awarded at the International Exhibition in Chicago. She always wrote in her mother tongue, German, in contact with publishing houses in Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig; several of her works were also published in Italian translation. She also contributed, with her articles on Gorizia, to the revival of the city towards the Austrian public, signing correspondence from Gorizia in Viennese newspapers. When her husband died in 1911, she left Gorizia and spent her time between Mödling, near Vienna, and Trieste, where she died on 29 November 1929.