Writer Helmina von Chézy (1783-1856) was born in Berlin as the daughter of writer Caroline von Klencke and granddaughter of poet Anna Louisa Karsch. Her life led her to Paris, Heidelberg, Dresden, Vienna, Munich, Baden-Baden and Geneva and from journalism to romantic poetry, travel accounts, novels, opera libretti and editions Her numerous correspondence documents her attempts to nurture friendships and connections, which was made difficult by her unconventional way of life and her bold manners.

We present here different versions of a text project that she never completed, along with letters shedding light on its genesis. Chézy developed the project in 1844 in order to gain the sympathy of well-known author Bettina von Arnim – which she did not achieve.