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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

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Emil Brunner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Emil Brunner Religionsphilosophie evangelischer theologie, The philsosphy of religion from the standpoint of Protestant theology, The great invitation Heinrich Emil Brunner was a Swiss Protestant theologian. Along with Karl Barth – see Relationship with Karl Barth below – he is commonly associated with neo-orthodoxy or the dialectical theology ...more

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Emil Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Emil Ludwig The Nile, Bolívar y Napoleón, Nine etched from life Emil Ludwig was a German author, known for his biographies and study of historical "greats."

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Johanna Spyri is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Johanna Spyri Heidi, Gritli's Children, Heidi Johanna Spyri was a Swiss-born author of children's stories, and is best known for her book Heidi. Born Johanna Louise Heusser in the rural area of Hirzel, Switzerland, as a child she spent ...more

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Franz Hohler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Franz Hohler Die Rückeroberung, Der große Zwerg und andere Geschichten. ( Ab 7 J.), Die Spaghettifrau. ( Ab 10 J.) Franz Hohler was born on 1 March 1943 in Biel/Bienne. He lives as an author and cabaret performer in Zurich. He is the author of one-man programs and satirical programs for television and radio. ...more

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Adolf Muschg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Papierwände, Der Schein trügt nicht, Von einem Adolf Muschg is a Swiss writer and professor of literature. Muschg was a member of the Gruppe Olten.

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Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Violin: six lessons with Yehudi Menuhin, Lecciones de Vida - El Arte Como Posibilidad, Wunderkind und Weltgewissen Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE was an American-born violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and ...more

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Jean Piaget is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Mathematical epistemology and psychology, The early growth of logic in the child, Play Jean Piaget was a Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher known for his epistemological studies with children. His theory of cognitive development and epistemological view are together ...more

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Francoise Giroud is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Le Bon Plaisir, Cosima la Sublime, Chienne d'année Françoise Giroud, born France Gourdji was a French journalist, screenwriter, writer and politician.

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Ernest Bloch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Spuren, Lettres, 1911-1933 Ernest Bloch was a 20th-century Swiss-born American composer.

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Living with death and dying, Geborgen im Leben. Wege zu einem erfüllten Dasein, Healing in our time Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist, a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying, where she first discussed her theory ...more

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Benjamin Constant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Œuvres, Adolphe, Lettres à Madame Récamier Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque, or simply Benjamin Constant, was a Swiss-French political activist and writer on politics and religion. He was the author of a partly biographical ...more

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Elias Canetti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The Voices of Marrakesh, The Torch in My Ear, The Play of the Eyes Elias Canetti was a German language author, born in Bulgaria, and later a British citizen. He was a modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in ...more

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Frère Roger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Frère Roger Parable of community, Peace of Heart in All Things, Awakened from within Roger Schütz, popularly known as Brother Roger, was a Swiss Christian leader and monastic. In 1940 Schütz founded the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic community in ...more

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Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi L'éducation en question, Heinrich Pestalozzi's lebendiges Werk, Reden an mein Haus Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi was a Swiss pedagogue and educational reformer who exemplified Romanticism in his approach. He founded several educational institutions both in German- and ...more

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Erich von Däniken is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Chariots of the Gods?, Botschaften und Zeichen aus dem Universum, Fremde aus dem All. Kosmische Spuren Erich Anton Paul von Däniken is a Swiss author of several books which make controversial claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, including the best-selling Chariots ...more

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Robert Frank is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The Americans, One hour, Robert Frank and American politics Robert Frank is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his ...more

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Edgar Schein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Career survival, A psychological follow-up of former prisoners of war of the Chinese Communists, Career dynamics Edgar Henry Schein, a former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has made a notable mark on the field of organizational development in many areas, including career development, ...more

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Golo Mann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Golo Mann, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Erinnerungen und Gedanken Golo Mann, born Angelus Gottfried Thomas Mann, was a popular historian, essayist and writer. He was the third child of the novelist Thomas Mann and his wife Katia Mann. Golo Mann originally a ...more

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Denis de Rougemont is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Denis de Rougemont Love in the Western World, Myths of love, Europe en jeu Denis de Rougemont was a Swiss writer, cultural theorist, and European federalist, who wrote in French.

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Tariq Ramadan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The Life of The Last Prophet, Entre l'Homme et son CoeurÂ, Reformismo Musulman Tariq Ramadan is a Swiss academic, intellectual, philosopher and writer. He is the professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University and also ...more

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Victor Frederick Weisskopf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
The joy of insight, Physics in the twentieth century: selected essays, The development of science during this century Victor Frederick "Viki" Weisskopf was an Austrian-born American theoretical physicist. He did postdoctoral work with Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Wolfgang Pauli and Niels ...more

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Wolfgang Pauli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Theory of Relativity, Niels Bohr and the development of physics, Optik und Elektronentheorie Wolfgang Ernst Pauli was an Austrian-born Swiss theoretical physicist and one of the pioneers of quantum physics. In 1945, after having been nominated by Albert Einstein, Pauli received the ...more

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Agota Kristof is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Der Beweis, The third lie, El Gran Cuaderno/the Great Notebook Agota Kristof is a novelist.

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Hanna Johansen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Hanna Johansen La petite oie qui n'allait pas assez vite, Calla Un Momento, 7×7 Tales of a Sevensleeper Hanna Johansen, born Hanna Margarete Meyer, is a Swiss writer. She studied classical philology, education and German studies at the Universities of Marburg and Göttingen. From 1967 to 1969 ...more

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Louis Agassiz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
Contributions to the natural history of the United States of America, Geological sketches, Études sur les glaciers Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, commonly known as Louis Agassiz, was a Swiss-born and European-trained biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's natural ...more