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Nationality: Swiss

Rousseau Jean-Jacques

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) was, arguably, the most original, profound, and creative writer of the eighteenth century, but also the most controversial, and his work continues to divide opinion to this day. His ‘Confessions’ recreates the world in which he progressed from incompetent engraver to grand success; his enthusiasm for experience, his love of nature, and his uncompromising character make him an ideal guide to eighteenth-century Europe, and he was the author of some of the most profound work ever written on the relationship between the individual and the state.

Spyri Johanna

Johanna Spyri (1827-1901) was a Swiss writer, and ‘Heidi’, her story of the Swiss orphan girl sent to live with her grandfather in the Alps, has been a perennial favourite since its publication in 1880.