Marija Jurić Zagorka


Born into a wealthy family, the writer Marija Jurić Zagorka (1873 – 1957) was very much a woman ahead of her time, becoming the first female professional journalist in Croatia and a champion of equal rights.

Born into a wealthy family, the writer Marija Jurić Zagorka (1873 – 1957) was very much a woman ahead of her time, becoming the first female professional journalist in Croatia and a champion of equal rights. Writing under the pen-name Zagorka (which literally means “a woman from the Zagorje”), she wrote novels for a broad readership in which love stories and grand historical themes were intertwined. One of her most popular works was the series of novels entitled “The Witch of Grič”, a saga set against the background of 18th-century witch-hunts. Her statue, erected in the 1991, is the work of sculptor Stjepan Gračan.

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