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Clara Müller-Jahnke (1860- 1905)

Clara Müller was born in Lenzen, Brandenburg, to a family where her father was parson and of democratic tendencies. He taught Clara both Latin and Greek but died in 1873 leaving the family with little fortune.

Clara moved to Berlin where she completed a bookkeeping course in 1877 subsequently giving birth to a child. She suffered from anaemia, however, which necessitated removal to Kolberg, Brandenburg, in 1884 where she worked as a teacher; but from 1889 she became a journalist and newspaper editor where she wrote socially critical poetry.

With the aid of an inheritance, she was able in 1900 to launch an independent career as a novelist. In the course of her subsequent travels, she met the artist Oskar Jahnke whom she married in 1902 and lived in Wilhelmshagen, Berlin.

She wrote several collections of poetry and an autobiography; but in 1905 she contracted influenza which proved fatal.