The Life of Courage: The Notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond

TitleThe Life of Courage: The Notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsGrimmelshausen, Hans Jacob Christoph von
TranslatorMitchell, Mike
Number of Pages168
PublisherDedalus European Classics
CitySawtry, UK

This classic novel by Hans Jacob Christoph von Grimmelshausen, published first in German in 1670, tells the story of a young woman named Courage, who grew up in a Bohemian town in middle class circles, caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), lost everything, but survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. She became a camp follower in different armies, got children and came to some wealth, but ends poor and sick. The story is told as an autobiographial narrative.

Original PublicationTrutz Simplex oder Die Lebensbeschreibung der Erzbetrügerin und Landstörzerin Courasche. Nürnberg: Felix Stratiot, 1670.
Reprint EditionEarlier English edition: The Runagate Courage. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1965.
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