Anja Hegemann was born in Munich and grew up in Cologne. In 1945 she began to study studies of languages and since 1949 she worked as a secretary for a journalist. In 1954 she gave up her job and began to work as a freelance author when she got a literary scholarship. Later she lived again in Cologne where she translated books by authors like John Lodwick, Albert Lamorisse and Anwar El Sadat into German. In 1972 her poetic anthology Atemzeit was published.
Anja Hegemann translated J. R. R. Tolkien’s works Mr. Bliss (Herr Glück, 1983) and The Father Christmas Letters (Die Briefe vom Weihnachstmann, 1976; Briefe vom Weihnachtsmann (revised edition), 2005) into German.
- Wilhelm Kosch, Carl-Ludwig Lang, Konrad Feilchenfeldt (Ed.): Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon. Das 20. Jahrhundert. De Gruyter 2010. (German)
- Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek (DNB). (German)