Lydia Chichmanoff (1866, Kiev – 1937)

A feminist, critic, journalist, translator, and writer. Ukrainian by origin, born in the family of Prof. Mihailo Dragomanov. Graduated in Music and French Literature in Geneva. Wife of Prof. Ivan Chichmanoff – Minister of Education, professor, founder of many cultural institutions. Since 1889 in Bulgaria. Continue Reading

Lyuba Kutincheva (1910-1998)

Born in Tarnovo. In her childhood lived in Romania and Turkey. Graduated from a high school in Romania and journalism in Paris. Correspondent of foreign newspapers. Fluent in French, Romanian, Turkish, Russian, Arabic and Esperanto. Traveled in the Middle and Far East, North Africa, South Continue Reading

Milka Petrova-Koralova (1906-1944)

Born in Sofia. Daughter of the prominent feminist Elena Radeva. Graduated in pedagogy and philosophy at the Women’s Higher Pedagogical School in Sevre (1929). She had been working as a teacher in French. With her husband, the writer Emil Koralov, founded and edited the children’s Continue Reading

Olga Tschawowa (1893-1973)

Born in Svishtov from a Bulgarian father and Austrian mother. Graduated from the Rousse Girls’ High School, studied violin and piano at the Academy of Music and Theater Arts in Vienna. Performed concerts in Sofia and Rousse. She had been working as a teacher of Continue Reading

Teodora Peykova (1892-1979)

Born in Bourgas. Graduated from a high school in Sofia and studied piano and literature in Vienna and Brussels. There graduated home courses too. She published stories and travelogues in the press, translates novels, stories and memoirs from German, French and Russian. Author of cooking Continue Reading

Zhivka Dragnewa (1885-1959)

Translated from French, German, and English. She graduated in French and German literature with a doctorate in Zurich. A long-time secondary school teacher, lecturer in German at the Sofia University (1923-1936). Member of the Bulgarian Women’s Union, the Bulgarian Association of University Women, the Union Continue Reading

Fani Popova-Mutafova (1902-1977)

Born in Sevlievo in a military officer’s family. She studied in Italy, graduated from a high school in Sofia, applied to study piano at the Munich Conservatory. Author of historical novels. The most prolific and popular Bulgarian writer before 1944. Translator from Italian. Member of Continue Reading

Lyuba Splitkova-Kasarova (1887-1946)

Born in Thessaloniki in Czech teachers  family. She graduated from the high school in Plovdiv and music and philosophy in Prague. Married to a Bulgarian. Translated from Czech. She published poetry in the press. Member of the Union of Bulgarian Writers and of the Club Continue Reading

Dora Gabe (1886-1983)

Born in the village of Harmanlak, Dobrudja, in a Jewish farm family. Graduated high school in Shoumen. Studied Slavonic literature at the University of Sofia and French literature in Grenoble. She had been working as a clerk. One of the first Bulgarian poetesses. Translator of Continue Reading

Mara Belcheva (1868-1937)

Born in Sevlievo, in a wealthy commercial family. She studied at the Vienna Higher Institute of Girls. Teaching in Ruse and Sofia, and after the murder of her husband, Minister Hristo Belchev graduated German literature in Vienna. Belcheva is one of the first Bulgarian poetesses, Continue Reading