Aleksandra Gripenberg was born on August 30, 1857 in Finland. She was the second-youngest and the only one to be educated entirely at home. For the daughter stuck at home, the last years of her father, sister, maternal grandmother and mother were like "a spiritual desert". This black world of experience may also explain the uncompromising religiosity which became and remained her basic idea; it was only with the permission of this idea that others were allowed to emerge. She sought and found a way of venting her loneliness: writing.