Carl Wilhelm Otto August von Schindel was born in modern-day Poland. Schindel was known for being both a writer and a bibliographer. His main work, entitled Die deutschen Schriftstellerinnen des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts, concentrated on listing German women authors with their biographical information.
In his youth, Schindel received a private education from Georg Hermann Friedrich Köhler, who later became the priest of Schönbrunn, where Schindel grew up. Schindel attended the Gymnasium Augustum in Görlitz, and then later studied law and philosophy in Leipzig.