Luise Rinser who was born in Pitzling/Bavaria in 1911, studied education and psychology in Munich. After graduating, she worked as a relief teacher in diverse Bavarian schools. She refused to become a member of the NSDAP and preempted being dismissed from teaching by giving notice herself in 1939. In 1940, her first novel Die gläsernen Ringe was published and it was banned after the second edition. In 1944, she was denounced and arrested, her execution was only averted by the end of the war. Between 1945 and 1958, she worked as a journalist and published several novels. She received the Roswitha Prize of the City of Bad Gandersheim and the Heinrich-Mann Award of the East German Academy of Arts. For many years, she lived in Rocca di Papa near Rome, later near Munich. Luise Rinser died in 2002.