\dˈɔːɹə dˈɪstɹiə], \dˈɔːɹə dˈɪstɹiə], \d_ˈɔː_ɹ_ə d_ˈɪ_s_t_ɹ_i__ə]\
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pseudonym of Elena Chica, who married the Russian prince Kolzow-Massalsky. A voluminous Roumanian writer of travel sketches, mostly in French (1828-88); born at Bucharest. Most of her writings are polemic; e. g., her first work, "Monastic Life in the Eastern Church", alleges monasticism to be the principal obstacle to civilization in Eastern and Southern Europe. Her other works include: "German Switzerland" (4 vols.); "Women in the East"; "Women, by a Woman". She contributed many literary and historical essays to German, Italian, French, and Greek periodicals. Her studies on Albanian poetry gave rise to a nationalistic and literary movement among the Albanians. The Greek chamber of deputies, in April 1868, named her "high citizeness of Greece".
By Charles Dudley Warner