The Artificial Silk Girl was written by German author Irmgard Keun. She was inspired by Anita Loo's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, leading her to describe pre-Nazi German life from a woman's perspective as well as through the lens of cinematic charisma saturating that era. The Artificial Silk Girl, published in 1931, turned out to be an acclaimed bestseller that stunned the world of German literature. Its rise to fame was driven by the unadulterated context of her writing, highlighting the dark side of Berlin's "golden twenties."
Not everyone was impressed with her work, including the Nazi censorship board. They banned her book in 1933 and destroyed all existing copies of it. Luckily, Great Britain published the only English translation before the book disappeared in the calamity of the war nearing that time. This book was later translated by Germanist Kathie von Ankum.
Keun was born on February 6, 1905 and died on May 5, 1982. She provided noteworthy portrayals of what life was like in the Weimar Republic. In addition, she thoughtfully expressed the early years of Nazi control executed in Germany.