Julie de Giovane

Alternative Name(s) Juliane von Mudersbach
Date 1766 - 1805
Biographical NotesJulie or Juliane de Giovane, born de Mudersbach, came from an empoverished German noble family. At the age of 17, she is already writing in the first German ladies' magazine. She married an Italian aristocrat, count Giovene de Girasole, and moved to Naples, where she was lady in waiting to queen Maria Caroline.
She returned to writing after meeting Goethe during his Italian travels; followed a series of publications in German, French and Italian, in a variety of genres. In 1790, she separated from her husband (having to leave her children behind), and moved to Vienna, where she become Hofmeisterin to the future Maria Louisa. She was one of the most respected female intellectuals of her time, corresponding with leading scholars, and becoming honorary member of the Academy of Berlin (the 2nd, after Catherine of Russia - full membership was not available to women), as well as of the Academy of Stockholm.
Work(s)Author of Plan pour faire servir les voyages à la culture des jeunes gens qui se vouent au service de l'Etat dans la carrière politique (1797)