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Bertha (Gräfin Kinsky) Suttner, Freifrau von

Suttner, Bertha (Gräfin Kinsky), Freifrau von (bĕrˈtä, grāfˈĭn kĭnsˈkē, frĪˈfrou fən zŏtˈnər) [key], 1843–1914, Austrian novelist, known chiefly as an ardent pacifist. Her pacifist novel Die Waffen nieder (1889, tr. Lay Down Your Arms, 1892) had great social impact. Through her subsequent friendship with Alfred Nobel, she influenced him to establish the Nobel Prizes. She was the first woman awarded (1905) the Nobel Peace Prize.

See her Memoirs (1909, tr. 1910); biography by B. Kempf (tr. 1973).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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