Authors Johanna Spyri
Johanna Spyri (1827-1901)

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Little "Hanneli" was born in Hirzel, a village near Zurich, Switzerland. Her father was a doctor and her mother was a poet and songwriter. She didn''t begin writing until in her forties, long after both her husband; a county clerk in Zurich, and her young son had died.

She moved back to the small village where she was born and began to write about children and the Swiss hills nearby. "Heidi" is based on fond recollections of her own childhood. She remained there for the rest of her life, shy of publicity and content to live a very simple life. Over the years she wrote sixteen children''s books as well as twelve books for adults.

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