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List of the most popular authors from Switzerland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Swiss authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Swiss writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Kurgast: Aufzeichnungen von einer Badener Kur
Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search ...more

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Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Le Petit Soldat, Made in U.S.A, Allemagne neuf zéro
Jean-Luc Godard is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is often identified with the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, or "New Wave". Like his New ...more

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Robert Walser is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Der Gehülfe, Die Rose, Running with the Devil
Robert Walser, was a German-speaking Swiss writer. Walser is understood to be the missing link between Kleist and Kafka. "Indeed," writes Susan Sontag, "At the time [of Walser’s ...more

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Hans Küng is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Structures of the church, Das Christentum, Die Kirche
Hans Küng is a Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic. He is notable for his rejection of the doctrine of papal ...more

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Paracelsus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Bücher und Schriften, Dreyzehen Bücher, Les prophéties de Paracelse
Paracelsus was a Swiss German Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist. He founded the discipline of toxicology. He is also known as a revolutionary for ...more

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Suresh Guptara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Conspiracy of Calaspia, Warrior Code
Suresh Guptara is a British-born novelist who lives in Weinfelden, Thurgau, in Switzerland. He is the twin brother of Jyoti Guptara and son of Prabhu Guptara. He is of Indian descent. Guptara is ...more

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Jyoti Guptara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Conspiracy of Calaspia, Warrior Code
Jyoti Guptara is a young novelist of British and Indian heritage, best known as co-author of the Insanity Saga.

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Karl Barth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The Epistle to the Romans, Church Dogmatics, The only way
Karl Barth was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is often regarded as the greatest Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. His influence expanded well beyond the academic realm to ...more

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Émile, Reveries of a Solitary Walker, The social contract
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern ...more

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Oswald Wirth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Joseph Paul Oswald Wirth was a Swiss occultist, artist and author. He studied esotericism and symbolism with Stanislas de Guaita and in 1889 he created, under the guidance of de Guaita, a ...more

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The Evolution of Physics, Ideas and Opinions, The Origins of the General Theory of Relativity
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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Friedrich Dürrenmatt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Once a Greek, The Physicists, The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi
Friedrich Dürrenmatt was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work ...more

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Hans Urs von Balthasar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The Von Balthasar Reader, Le coeur du monde, Love Alone
Hans Urs von Balthasar was a Swiss theologian and Catholic priest who was to be created a cardinal of the Catholic Church but died before the ceremony. He is considered one of the most important ...more

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Charles Ferdinand Ramuz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Raison d'être, La beauté sur la terre, Oeuvres complètes ..
Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz was a French-speaking Swiss writer. He was born in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud and was educated at the University of Lausanne. He taught briefly in nearby Aubonne, and ...more

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Carl Jung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Carl Gustav Jung, often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also ...more

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Carl Zuckmayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Eine Liebesgeschichte. Erzählungen 1931-1937, A Part of Myself, The Captain of Köpenick
Carl Zuckmayer was a German writer and playwright.

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Karl Jaspers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Myth and Christianity, Die Geistige Situation Der Zeit, The question of German guilt
Karl Theodor Jaspers was a German psychiatrist and philosopher who had a strong influence on modern theology, psychiatry and philosophy. After being trained in and practicing psychiatry, Jaspers ...more

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Philippe Jaccottet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
L'amour c'est beaucoup plus que l'amour, Words in the Air, La promenade sous les arbres
Philippe Jaccottet is a francophone poet and translator from the Canton of Vaud, in Switzerland.

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Gottfried Keller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Green Henry, Zuricher Novellen, Das sinngedicht; Novellen
Gottfried Keller was a Swiss poet and writer of German literature. Best known for his novel Green Henry, he became one of the most popular narrators of literary realism in the late 19th

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Otto Frank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Love, Otto: The Legacy of Anne Frank, Dear Cara : Letters From Otto Frank; Anne's Father Shares His Wisdom
Otto Heinrich "Pim" Frank was a German-born businessman and the father of Anne Frank and Margot Frank. As the sole member of his family to survive the Holocaust, he inherited Anne's ...more

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Marie-Louise von Franz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The problem of the puer aeternus, Traum und Tod. Was uns die Träume Sterbender sagen, Man and His Symbols
Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, renowned for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts.

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Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Voyage d'Allemagne, Toward an Architecture, Le Corbusier
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called ...more

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Max Frisch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Stiller, Roman, Montauk
Max Rudolf Frisch was a Swiss playwright and novelist. Frisch's works focused on problems of identity, individuality, responsibility, morality, and political commitment. His use of irony is a ...more

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Mario Adorf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Der Fenstersturz. Merkwürdige Geschichten, Der Mäusetöter, Der Dieb von Trastevere. Geschichten aus Italien
Mario Adorf is one of the most famous German film and stage actors who played leading roles in numerous films, among them the 1979 film The Tin Drum. Additionally, he is the author of several ...more

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Robert Pinget is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Le Libera, L' ennemi, Entre Fantoine et Agapa
Robert Pinget was a major avant-garde French writer, born in Switzerland, who wrote several novels and other prose pieces that drew comparison to Beckett and other major Modernist writers. He ...more