Imma von Bodmershof

Imma of Bodmershof ( born Imma rock of honor; born August 10, 1895 in Graz, † August 26, 1982 on Good Rastbach in Gföhl, Lower Austria ) was an Austrian writer.

The daughter of the founder of Gestalt theory of Christian honor rock studied art history, philosophy and Graphology at the Universities of Prague and Munich.

She was engaged to Hölderlin researcher Norbert of Hellingrath through which it came into contact with Rainer Maria Rilke and Stefan George. Hellingrath fell in 1916 in the Battle of Verdun.

In 1925, she married William of Bodmershof and managed along with her husband the estate Rastbach in the Lower Austrian Waldviertel. They also lived for a time in Vienna.

From 1937 she released tradition and native affiliated novels and short stories. Bodmershof used mainly the three-line Japanese poetic form of haiku. In this regard, she used an intensive exchange of ideas with the Japanese literary scholar Yukio Kotani. Your cultural pessimism correspondence with Martin Heidegger from the years 1959-1976 was published in 2000 by Klett - Cotta.


  • Grand Austrian State Prize for Literature ( 1958)
  • Culture Award of Lower Austria (1965 )
  • Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art First Class (1969 )
  • City of Vienna Prize for Literature ( 1969)


Pictures of Imma von Bodmershof