Grengg, Maria, b. Stein (Lower Austria), Feb. 26, 1889, d. Vienna-Rodaun, Oct. 8, 1963, short-story writer, author of books for young people, painter. Breakthrough with the novel "Die Flucht zum gruenen Herrgott" (1930), the depiction of an idyll remote from the present. Her "Heimatromane" (sentimental regional literature) became a mouthpiece of Nazi ideology ("Das Feuermandl", 1935), which G. publicly supported after 1938. After 1945 active only as an author of young people's books and as an artist. Austrian State Prize 1936.
Further works#novels: Peterl, 1932; Starke Herzen, 5 vols., 1937; Das Kathrinl, 1950; Das Hanswurstenhaus, 1951.
Literature#E. Galvan, Muetter-Reich. Erzaehlprose der 30er Jahre, doctoral thesis, Vienna 1986.