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Famous Writers from Switzerland

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List of famous writers from Switzerland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Switzerland is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Swiss writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Switzerland and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This is a list that features writers like René Gardi and Hans Jenny.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Swiss writers?" and "Which writers are from Switzerland?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Switzerland in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Switzerland, but they're all of Switzerland descent.
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Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)
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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Alain de Botton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 50
Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss writer, philosopher, and television presenter who currently lives in the United Kingdom. His books and television programmes discuss various contemporary ...more
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 66 (1712-1778)
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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Elias Canetti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 89 (1905-1994)
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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Carl Jung is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 86 (1875-1961)
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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Philippe Jaccottet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 94
Philippe Jaccottet is a francophone poet and translator from the Canton of Vaud, in Switzerland.
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Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 89
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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Alain Delon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 84
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon is a French actor and businessman, with French-Swiss dual citizenship since 1999. He rose quickly to stardom, and by the age of 23 was already being compared ...more
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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
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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Maximilian Schell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 84 (1930-2014)
Maximilian Schell was an Austrian and Swiss film and stage actor, who also wrote, directed and produced some of his own films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1961 American film ...more
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Barbet Schroeder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 78
Barbet Schroeder is a Swiss-born French film director and producer who started his career in French cinema in the 1960s, working together with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques ...more
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Karl Barth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 82 (1886-1968)
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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Friedrich Dürrenmatt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 69 (1921-1990)
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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Kate Burton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 62
Katherine "Kate" Burton is a Swiss-born Welsh-American actress and the daughter of actor Richard Burton and Sybil Burton. On television, Burton received critical acclaim for ...more
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Hans Küng is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 91
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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Yehudi Menuhin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 83 (1916-1999)
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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Hans Urs von Balthasar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 83 (1905-1988)
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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Carl Zuckmayer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 81 (1896-1977)
Carl Zuckmayer was a German writer and playwright.
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Karl Jaspers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 86 (1883-1969)
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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Le Corbusier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 78 (1887-1965)
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) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 80 (1911-1991)
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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Georges Schwizgebel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 75
Georges Schwizgebel, born on 28 September 1944 in Reconvilier, Switzerland, is a Swiss animation film director whose paint-on-glass-animated 2004 film L'Homme sans ombre won various awards.
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Marc Forster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 50
Marc Forster is a German-Swiss filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, ...more
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Blaise Cendrars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
Dec. at 74 (1887-1961)
Frédéric-Louis Sauser, better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss-born novelist and poet who became a naturalized French citizen in 1916. He was a writer of considerable ...more
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Robert Frank is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Switzerland
age 95
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