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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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  • 1
    Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Hermann Hesse

    Siddhartha, Steppenwolf

    BirthplaceCalw, Germany

    Birthdate1877-07-02

    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛɐ̯man ˈhɛsə]; July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-born... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Le Petit Soldat, Made in U.S.A

    BirthplaceÎle-de-France, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Paris

    Birthdate1930-12-03

    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Jean-Luc Godard (French: [ʒɑ̃lyk ɡɔdaʁ]; born 3 December 1930) is a French-Swiss film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Robert Walser is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Robert Walser

    Der Gehülfe, Die Rose

    BirthplaceBiel/Bienne, Switzerland

    Birthdate1878

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Robert Walser (15 April 1878 – 25 December 1956) was a German-speaking Swiss writer. Walser is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hans Küng is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Hans Küng

    Structures of the church, Das Christentum

    BirthplaceSursee, Switzerland

    Birthdate1928-03-19

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Hans Küng (pronounced [ˈhans ˈkʏŋ]; born 19 March 1928) is a Swiss Catholic priest,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Paracelsus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Paracelsus

    Bücher und Schriften, Dreyzehen Bücher

    BirthplaceEinsiedeln, Switzerland

    Birthdate1493-12-17

    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Paracelsus (; 1493/4 – 24 September 1541), born Theophrastus von Hohenheim (full name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Suresh Guptara is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Suresh Guptara

    Conspiracy of Calaspia, Warrior Code

    BirthplaceFrimley, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1988

    NationalitySwitzerland, India, England

    Suresh Guptara is a British-born novelist who lives in Weinfelden, Thurgau, in Switzerland. He... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jyoti Guptara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Jyoti Guptara

    Conspiracy of Calaspia, Warrior Code

    BirthplaceFrimley, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1988-11-22

    NationalitySwitzerland, India, United Kingdom, England

    Jyoti Guptara is a young novelist of British and Indian heritage, best known as co-author of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Karl Barth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Karl Barth

    The Epistle to the Romans, Church Dogmatics

    BirthplaceBasel, Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Basel-Stadt

    Birthdate1886

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Karl Barth (; German: [baɐ̯t]; (1886-05-10)May 10, 1886 – (1968-12-10)December 10, 1968) was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Émile, Reveries of a Solitary Walker

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Birthdate1712-06-28

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: , US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ˈʒak ʁuˈso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Oswald Wirth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland
    Joseph Paul Oswald Wirth (1860, Brienz, Canton of Bern – 1943) was a Swiss occultist, artist... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Albert Einstein

    The Evolution of Physics, Ideas and Opinions

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Birthdate1879-03-14

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

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 12
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Friedrich Dürrenmatt

    Once a Greek, The Physicists

    BirthplaceKonolfingen, Switzerland

    Birthdate1921-01-05

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (German: [ˈfriːdrɪç ˈdʏrənˌmat]; 5 January 1921 – 14 December 1990) was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Hans Urs von Balthasar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Hans Urs von Balthasar

    The Von Balthasar Reader, Le coeur du monde

    BirthplaceCanton of Lucerne, Switzerland, European Free Trade Association, Lucerne District, Lucerne

    Birthdate1905

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Hans Urs von Balthasar (12 August 1905 – 26 June 1988) was a Swiss theologian and Catholic... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Charles Ferdinand Ramuz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Charles Ferdinand Ramuz

    Raison d'être, La beauté sur la terre

    BirthplaceCully, Switzerland

    Birthdate1878

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (24 September 1878 – 23 May 1947) was a French-speaking Swiss writer.amazon buy button
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    Carl Jung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Carl Jung

    Memories, Dreams

    BirthplaceKesswil, Switzerland

    Birthdate1875-07-26

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Carl Gustav Jung ( YUUNG, German: [kaɐ̯l ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Carl Zuckmayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Carl Zuckmayer

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

    BirthplaceNackenheim, Germany

    Birthdate1896-12-27

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

    Carl Zuckmayer (27 December 1896 – 18 January 1977) was a German writer and playwright. His... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Karl Jaspers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Karl Jaspers

    Myth and Christianity, Die Geistige Situation Der Zeit

    BirthplaceEurasia, Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany

    Birthdate1883

    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Karl Theodor Jaspers (; German: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈjaspɐs]; 23 February 1883 – 26 February 1969) was a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Philippe Jaccottet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Philippe Jaccottet

    L'amour c'est beaucoup plus que l'amour, Words in the Air

    BirthplaceMoudon, Switzerland

    Birthdate1925-06-30

    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Philippe Jaccottet (French: [filip ʒakotɛ]; born in Moudon, Switzerland, 30 June 1925) is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Gottfried Keller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Gottfried Keller

    Green Henry, Zuricher Novellen

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Birthdate1819

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Gottfried Keller (19 July 1819 – 15 July 1890) was a Swiss poet and writer of German... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Otto Frank is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Otto Frank

    Love, Otto: The Legacy of Anne Frank

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Birthdate1889

    NationalitySwitzerland, Netherlands, Germany

    Otto Heinrich Frank (12 May 1889 – 19 August 1980) was a German businessman who later became a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Marie-Louise von Franz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Marie-Louise von Franz

    The problem of the puer aeternus, Traum und Tod. Was uns die Träume Sterbender sagen

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Birthdate1915-01-04

    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Marie-Louise von Franz (4 January 1915 – 17 February 1998) was a Swiss Jungian psychologist... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Le Corbusier

    Voyage d'Allemagne, Toward an Architecture

    BirthplaceLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

    Birthdate1887-10-06

    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, who was better known as Le Corbusier, was a Swiss-French... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Max Frisch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Max Frisch

    Stiller, Roman

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Birthdate1911-05-15

    NationalitySwitzerland

    Max Rudolf Frisch was a Swiss playwright and novelist. Frisch's works focused on problems of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mario Adorf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Mario Adorf

    Der Fenstersturz. Merkwürdige Geschichten, Der Mäusetöter

    BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland

    Birthdate1930-09-08

    NationalitySwitzerland, Germany

    Mario Adorf (born 8 September 1930) is a German actor, considered to be one of the great... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Robert Pinget is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Switzerland

    Robert Pinget

    Le Libera, L' ennemi

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Birthdate1919-07-19

    NationalitySwitzerland, France

    Robert Pinget (Geneva, July 19, 1919 – August 25, 1997, Tours) was an avant-garde French... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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