The first novel to be published by a woman in German, la Roche’s tale centres on the seduction and destruction (to borrow Ellen Pilsworth’s phrase!) of the eponymous protagonist. Told through letters, this novel follows the fate of Sophie as she journeys from her family home to England, where she falls under the spell of the attractive local aristocracy. A key text to utilise sentimentality, la Roche’s novel provides an engaging alternative to Goethe’s Leiden des jungen Werthers, which it is said to have inspired, in part.
Translated? Yes! Several translations of this text appear on Amazon.