Spyri, Johanna

BORN 12 Jun 1827, Hirtzel - DIED 7 Jul 1901, Zürich
BIRTH NAME Heusser, Johanna
GRAVE LOCATION Zürich: Friedhof Sihlfeld A (Gruppe D, FG 81210)

Johanna Spyri was born as Johanna Heuser in Hirtzel as the forth of six children and the daughter of a doctor. She married the lawyer Bedrnard Spyri in 1852 and moved with him to Zürich. There she published her first novel, "Ein Blatt auf Vronys Grab" in 1871, when she was already 44 years old.

Her children's book "Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre" and "Heidi kann brauchen was es gelernt hat" (1880-1881) made her famous. Her work shows social engagement and shine a light on Switzerland during the early days of the industrialisation. She was in contact with Richard Wagner during the time the composer lived in Zürich.

Related persons
• knew Wagner, Richard


The grave of Johanna Spyri at the Sihlfeld Cemetery, Zürich.
Picture by Androom (18 Aug 2005)


Encyclopaedia Britannica

Squindo, Josef Emil

Published: 11 Aug 2007
Last update: 16 Jan 2022