Luise Gottsched

Luise Kulmus

1713 (Danzig, now Gdańsk, Poland) – 1870 (Leipzig, Germany)

Gottsched’s claim to fame (her status is still much contested) is two-fold: as an author and translator in her own right, and as the uncredited contributor of much that was published under the name of her husband, Johann Christoph Gottsched; her own career seems to have been very much subjugated to his, despite her renown as one of the great intelligences of her time. She studied the lute under the composer Weiss (who is known to have visited her at least once), and wrote the entry on him in a reference work of her husband’s. Grimm, who had studied under her husband, was a correspondent.

Luise Gottsched knew…