Marie Luise Kaschnitz was born in 1901 in Karlsruhe. She was raised in Potsdam and Berlin and trained as a bookseller after completing secondary school. She then worked for a Munich publishing company and a second-hand bookshop in Rome. She alternated between living in Königsberg, Marburg, Frankfurt on the Main and Rome.

Marie Luise Kaschnitz wrote poems, novels, short stories and autobiographical works and has increasingly dedicated herself to audio dramas in the 1950s. In 1955, she received the Georg Büchner Award. Marie Luise Kaschnitz died in 1974 in Rome.