Christa Wolf was born in 1929 in Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany (currently Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland). She is a literary critic, novelist, and essayist, and perhaps the best-known writer to emerge from the former East Germany. Her first major success came in 1963 with Divided Heaven. Other works include: The Quest for Christa T., Medea and Cassandra. She received the Heinrich Mann Prize in 1963 and the Schiller Memorial Prize in 1983. She lives in Germany.