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Famous Authors from Switzerland

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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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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Switzerland?" and "Who are the best Swiss authors?"

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  • 1
    Siddhartha, Steppenwolf

    BirthplaceCalw, Germany


    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass...  more
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    #50 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#31 of 306 The Best Novelists of All Time#229 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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    Le Petit Soldat, Made in U.S.A

    BirthplaceParis, France


    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Jean-Luc Godard (French: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film...  more
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    #34 of 251 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked#44 of 732 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#14 of 139 The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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    Der Gehülfe, Die Rose

    BirthplaceBiel/Bienne, Switzerland



    Robert Walser (15 April 1878 – 25 December 1956) 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...  more
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    Structures of the church, Das Christentum

    BirthplaceSursee, Switzerland



    Hans Küng (pronounced [ˈhans ˈkʏŋ]; born 19 March 1928) is a Swiss Catholic priest, theologian, and author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Stiftung Weltethos)....  more
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  • 5
    Bücher und Schriften, Dreyzehen Bücher

    BirthplaceEinsiedeln, Switzerland


    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Paracelsus (; 1493/4 – 24 September 1541), born Theophrastus von Hohenheim (full name Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), was a Swiss physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the...  more
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    #38 of 213 Famous Supernatural Writers#2 of 153 Famous German Inventors List#4 of 13 Famous Swiss Inventors List

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    Conspiracy of Calaspia, Warrior Code

    BirthplaceFrimley, United Kingdom


    NationalitySwitzerland, India, England

    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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    Conspiracy of Calaspia, Warrior Code

    BirthplaceFrimley, United Kingdom


    NationalitySwitzerland, India, United Kingdom, England

    Jyoti Guptara is a young novelist of British and Indian heritage, best known as co-author of the Insanity Saga....  more
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  • 8
    The Epistle to the Romans, Church Dogmatics

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland



    Karl Barth (; German: [baɐ̯t]; (1886-05-10)May 10, 1886 – (1968-12-10)December 10, 1968) was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is most well known for his landmark The Epistle to the Romans, involvement...  more
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  • 9
    Émile, Reveries of a Solitary Walker

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland



    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: , US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ˈʒak ʁuˈso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the...  more
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    The Best Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes#24 of 129 The Best French Authors#65 of 134 The Most Controversial Writers of All Time

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    Joseph Paul Oswald Wirth (1860, Brienz, Canton of Bern – 1943) was a Swiss occultist, artist and author. He studied esotericism and symbolism with Stanislas de Guaita and in 1889 he created, under...  more
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  • 11
    The Evolution of Physics, Ideas and Opinions

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany


    NationalitySwitzerland, Weimar Republic, United States of America, German Empire, Austria-Hungary

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two...  more
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    Oddball Facts About Albert Einstein's Eccentricity#18 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History#171 of 472 The Most Interesting Star Trek Characters

  • 12
    Once a Greek, The Physicists

    BirthplaceKonolfingen, Switzerland



    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (German: [ˈfriːdrɪç ˈdʏrənˌmat]; 5 January 1921 – 14 December 1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent...  more
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  • 13
    The Von Balthasar Reader, Le coeur du monde

    BirthplaceLucerne, Switzerland



    Hans Urs von Balthasar (12 August 1905 – 26 June 1988) was a Swiss theologian and Catholic priest who is considered one of the most important Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century....  more
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  • 14
    Raison d'être, La beauté sur la terre

    BirthplaceCully, Switzerland



    Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (24 September 1878 – 23 May 1947) was a French-speaking Swiss writer....  more
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  • 15
    Memories, Dreams

    BirthplaceKesswil, Switzerland



    Carl Gustav Jung ( YUUNG, German: [kaɐ̯l ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. Jung's work was influential in the fields of...  more
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    #280 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want To Have A Beer With#238 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#92 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 16
    Eine Liebesgeschichte. Erzählungen 1931-1937, A Part of Myself

    BirthplaceNackenheim, Germany


    NationalityGerman Reich, Switzerland, German Empire, United States of America

    Carl Zuckmayer (27 December 1896 – 18 January 1977) was a German writer and playwright. His older brother was the pedagogue, composer, conductor and pianist Eduard Zuckmayer....  more
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  • 17
    Myth and Christianity, Die Geistige Situation Der Zeit

    BirthplaceOldenburg, Germany


    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Karl Theodor Jaspers (; German: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈjaspɐs]; 23 February 1883 – 26 February 1969) was a German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher who had a strong influence on modern theology, psychiatry, and...  more
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  • 18
    L'amour c'est beaucoup plus que l'amour, Words in the Air

    BirthplaceMoudon, Switzerland


    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Philippe Jaccottet (French: [filip ʒakotɛ]; born in Moudon, Switzerland, 30 June 1925) is a Francophone poet and translator from the Canton of Vaud, in Switzerland....  more
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  • 19
    Green Henry, Zuricher Novellen

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland



    Gottfried Keller (19 July 1819 – 15 July 1890) was a Swiss poet and writer of German literature. Best known for his novel Green Henry (German: Der grüne Heinrich), he became one of the most popular...  more
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  • 20
    Love, Otto: The Legacy of Anne Frank

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany


    NationalitySwitzerland, Netherlands, Germany

    Otto Heinrich Frank (12 May 1889 – 19 August 1980) was a German businessman who later became a resident of the Netherlands and Switzerland. He was the father of Anne and Margot Frank and husband of...  more
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  • 21
    The problem of the puer aeternus, Traum und Tod. Was uns die Träume Sterbender sagen

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany


    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Marie-Louise von Franz (4 January 1915 – 17 February 1998) was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, renowned for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts....  more
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  • 22
    Voyage d'Allemagne, Toward an Architecture

    BirthplaceLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland


    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    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 modern...  more
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  • 23
    Stiller, Roman

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland



    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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  • 24
    Der Fenstersturz. Merkwürdige Geschichten, Der Mäusetöter

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland


    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Mario Adorf (born 8 September 1930) is a German actor, considered to be one of the great veteran character actors of European cinema. Since 1954, he has played both leading and supporting roles in...  more
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  • 25
    Le Libera, L' ennemi

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland


    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Robert Pinget (Geneva, July 19, 1919 – August 25, 1997, Tours) was an avant-garde French writer, born in Switzerland, who wrote several novels and other prose pieces that drew comparison to Beckett...  more
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