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The New International Encyclopædia/Droste-Hülshoff, Annette Elizabeth

DROSTE-HÜLSHOFF, drṓs'te-hụls'hṓf, Annette Elizabeth, Baroness von (1797-1848). A German lyric poet. She was born at Hülshoff, near Münster, passed her life largely in seclusion, and died at Meersburg, on Lake Constance. Her Gedichte (1838; new ed. 1895) are excellent in technique and gracefully sweet in character, particularly in their pictures of nature. In lyric and narrative forms they are well-nigh equally successful. Selections from them find place in most general collections of German verse. The posthumously printed Das geistliche Jahr (1852; new ed. 1883) consists largely of religious verses. Under the editorship of Schüking her collected works, including the Letzte Gaben (1860), appeared in three volumes in 1878-79. Consult Schücking, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (Hanover, 1871).