Johanna Spyri

She was a Swiss-born author of novels, notably children’s stories, and is best known for her book Heidi. Born in Hirzel, a rural area in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland, as a child she spent several summers near Chur in Graubünden, the setting she later would use in her novels.

✦ She wrote more than forty stories for children in German.

✦ She was pretty famous, but preferred a quiet, private life.