Marie-Henriette Steil (1898-1930)
Born in Luxembourg, Marie-Henriette Steil was one of the few Luxembourg women of her times to make a name for herself as a writer. Even though she has been virtually forgotten today, this remarkable and engaging young woman deserves an important place in the pantheon of great national authors.
Although Marie-Henriette Steil wrote serials for newspapers, it was above all with her work «Tier und Mensch, harmlose Geschichten von Marie-Henriette Steil» illustrated by Auguste Trémont that made her famous. Well constructed, her stories, sometimes ironic, sometimes full of humour as «Das Lachen des Herzen», were always inspired by reality and were characterised by real compassion for the most disadvantaged as in «Der Schandfleck». Unfortunately, she died at the young age of 32 years, before knowing the blossoming of her art and writing career.
The stamp depicts the one and only portrait of M.-H. Steil from a drawing of Pierre Blanc published in «Cahiers Luxembourgeois» in May 1926.