Monday, 28 November 2016

On Lou Andreas-Salomé

Do you know who this woman is?

If not, don't worry about it, since she's relatively unknown and certainly nowhere near as famous as the three men with whom she most prominently mingled. But I find her fascinating, her history and the complications of her life, so I want to speak a little bit about her today.

This woman is called Lou Andreas-Salomé. She was born in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1861, and thus her name was originally Луиза Густавовна Саломе. Her parents were of north Germanic and French extraction. Her father was an army general.