Austrian poetess; born at Vienna Dec. 30, 1814; died at Baden, near Vienna, July 5, 1894. Her father, a physician, died when she was very young; and, the family being left in very poor circumstances, Betty Paoli was compelled to earn her own living. For some time she supported herself as a teacher in Russian Poland, and then, returning to Vienna, she in 1843 became companion to Princess Marianne Schwarzenberg, which position she held until the death of the latter in 1848. The following three years she spent in travel, visiting Paris and Berlin, and in 1852 she settled again in Vienna.

Betty Paoli's poems, which evince deep feeling, a fertile imagination, and great power of representation, were widely read toward the end of the nineteenth century. Her works include: "Gedichte," Pest, 1841 (2d ed. 1845); "Nach dem Gewitter," ib. 1843 (2d ed. 1850); "Die Welt und Mein Auge," ib. 1844; "Romancero," ib. 1845; "Neue Gedichte," ib. 1850; (2d ed. 1856); "Lyrisches und Episches," ib. 1855; "Wien's Gemäldegallerien," Vienna, 1865; "Neueste Gedichte," ib. 1870; "Grillparzer und Seine Werke," Stuttgart, 1875.

  • Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, in Neue Freie Presse (Vienna), July 22, 1894.
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