Book proposal accepted!

14 Mar


So my book proposal, Three German Women:  Personal Histories from the Twentieth Century, has been accepted by the press to whom I sent the proposal!  EEEK!  Now I really have write it!  I am excited, and not yet daunted.

Here’s the blog I wrote about the topic:

I have changed the deadline to September 2019, just to be safe, but I hope I will have it finished by next Spring at the latest.

And here’s the “blurb”, as the publishers call it, that I just sent back with the contract:




This book presents the life stories of three women of the German-speaking realm whose lives inspired the author directly: mathematician Maria Weber Steinberg (1920-2013);  journalist Irmgard Rexroth-Kern (1907-1983) ; and Viennese art historian Fr. Dr. Anna von Spitzmüller (1903-2001).  The lives of these three women serve as emotional mirrors to the cultural transformations and tumultuous history of the 20th century. Their stories tell of the hardships, struggles, and victories of intellectual European women in this era. Each was related to men who played a role in European cultural life, men who received some prominence in history books; these women, in contrast, received very few public accolades for their important achievements. Placing them in the cultural context of the times in Germany and Austria, the author  highlights the traumatic choices imposed on ordinary people by political and social circumstances over which they had no control. Along with the women’s individual stories, the chapters focus on overarching themes: intellectual women’s roles in European society , the fate of Jewish culture in Germany and Austria, and specific historical background describing the incidents affecting their life trajectories (e.g., Irmgard Kern’s involvement in Berlin’s literary world,  Dr. Spitzmüller’s work with the Monuments Men, and Maria Steinberg’s father’s position in the Reichstag of the Weimar era).

As you can see, I simply cobbled together aspects of my original proposal.

And now I put out the call:  anyone who has any information about any of these women and their families–photographs, too!–please contact me, either here in the comments or through email at

Now back to work!  Right now I’m converting Fr. Kern’s “Autobiografie einer jungen Frau,” published in 1932 in a German newspaper in Fraktur, into readable text; then I will translate it.






7 Responses to “Book proposal accepted!”

  1. Jonathan Gluckman March 14, 2018 at 4:54 am #

    Congratulations! I think that means you are not going anywhere for 18 months.


    • esauboeck March 14, 2018 at 5:14 am #

      Thanks, JG! Au contraire: we are probably going to Mexico in October for 6 months, and then to Europe in May-June.

  2. Coyotemoonwatch April 3, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

    Wow, I’m impressed, Erika!!! You go, girl!

    • esauboeck April 3, 2018 at 6:28 pm #

      Thanks, Pat! Oh, wait, Coyotemoonwatch!

  3. wolfgang petritsch June 18, 2018 at 5:35 am #

    great book idea – I did not know that Dr Spitzmüller, whom I had met through you in Vienna, was involved in the “Monuments Men”saga. Good luck with your travels and and looking forward to offer you “Herberge” in the Waldviertel in April 2019

    • esauboeck June 18, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

      Danke vielmals, Wolfgang! Wir sehen uns bald!


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