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Historical photograph of the now missing bust of Bozena Nemcova.

Bozena Nemcova: (1820-1862) Bohemian Novelist

Born Barbora Panklova, she acquired a Czech nationalist consciousness from her grandmother during childhood. In 1845, she took Bozena as her pen name (after marriage) and began her literary career.

Her best-known novel is Babicka (The Grandmother) a simple moving portrait of Czech village life.


Further Reading:

Radio Prague, Virtual cemetery, Bozena Nemcova

Radio Prague, Czechs in History, Bozena Nemcova

Central Europe Review, James Partridge, Review of Nemcova's The Grandmother (August 1999)

Houghton Mifflin, World Civilizations Resource Center, "Czech Nationalism Finds a Literary Outlet"