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Ella K. Maillart was a Swiss traveller whose website calls her "[w]riter and journalist through necessity, photographer by predilection." Bibliographic Citation link. She published five books about her journeys, three books of reminiscence, and numerous newspaper and magazine articles. Collections of her photographs appeared later in her life and posthumously. She latterly wrote and published in English. Although she lived for all but six years of the twentieth century, her writing career was relatively short, since she chose to abandon it in order to pursue a life of personal enlightenment.
20 February 1903 EKM was born in Geneva, in Switzerland, the second in a family of two children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1932 EKM published Parmi la Jeunesse Russe: de Moscou au Caucase, a work in French documenting her travels in Soviet Russia. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 21 August 1937 A travel book by EKM (composed in French and first published as Oasis interdites: de P├ękin au Cachemire) appeared in English as Forbidden Journey: From Peking to Kashmir, translated by Thomas McGreevy. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By Christmas 1955 EKM published The Land of the Sherpas, a book about Nepal which is based on her first visit there, in 1951. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 March 1997 EKM died at the age of ninety-four at her home, Atchala, in Chandolin, Switzerland. Bibliographic Citation link.
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