Friederike Mayröcker was born in Vienna in 1924. She began publishing in 1945, with her first significant work Tod durch Musen (Death by Muses) appearing in 1966. She has written over eighty books and has been awarded numerous titles, including the Georg Büchner Prize in 2001. Her daring and inventive work is widely regarded as regenerating German language poetry over the last seven decades.
Friederike Mayröckers work has been to live and to write, continually and daringly exploding the limitations of language. Her collection études, published in 2013 by Suhrkamp, is a poem arranged by date, spanning 14.3.11 (or 3/14/11) to 16.12.12 (or 12/16/12).