Glig Tschudi (1505-1572) author of the influential Swiss chronicle, or Chronicon Helveticum. Tschudi worked from both documents and legends to portray the ancient traditions of Swiss defense of liberty, giving roles not only to William Tell but to the heroic moment of the foundation of the Confederacy, when Werner Stauffacher representing Schwyz, Walter Fürst of Uri and Arnold of Melchtal for Unterwalden meet at the Rutli, a meadow above Lake Lucerne, and take an oath to defend Swiss freedom.
Willy Bretscher (1897–1992) was a Swiss newspaper writer and editor. Bretscher began his career as a secretary with the Winterthurer Tagblat, subsequently having his work taking up by numerous publications. In 1917 he took a position with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, becoming in 1925 its Berlin correspondent. Bretscher voiced a strong dislike for Socialism, finding it too close to Communism, and in his position was able to witness firsthand the troubles of the Weimar Republic.
Alexander Ziegler (born 8 March 1944 – 11 August 1987) was a Swiss author and actor. Ziegler studied drama at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Wien (1960/1961). He was an actor in Spring Awakening, a play by Frank Wedekind, in 1964. He was also an actor in the American television series Boys and Girls, created by Fred Mallow. In 1966, he was imprisoned for two years because of his gay friendship with a 16-year old named Stephan. While in prison, he wrote his first work, Labyrinth (1966).
Ludwig Hohl (April 9, 1904 – November 3, 1980) was a Swiss author writing in the German language. Outside of literary mainstream, he spent most of his life in extreme poverty. He is still not known by the public at large, but has been praised by several well-known authors for his writing and his radical thoughts about life and literature.
Adolf Frey (18 February 1855, Küttigen – February 12, 1920, Zurich) was a Swiss writer and literary historian. The son of popular writer James Frey (1825-1875), he studied at various universities, including from 1879 to 1881 literature and history at the University of Leipzig. In 1882 he became a German teacher at the high school in Aarau and in 1898 professor of German literature at the University of Zurich. He died six days before his 65th birthday, from cancer.
Curt Goetz (real name Kurt Walter Götz, 17 November 1888 – 12 September 1960) was a Swiss-German writer, actor and film director. Curt Goetz was regarded as one of the most brilliant comedy writers of his time in the German-speaking world. Together with his wife Valérie von Martens he acted in his own plays and also filmed them. He was a distant relative of the Irish writer George Bernard Shaw, with whom he was often compared.
Mario Mantese is a former successful musician (bassist) of the British-American Soul/ and Funk-Band "Heatwave" and an author. In 1978, while leaving a gala night in London, he was stabbed by an unknown person. A knife hit him into the heart. For several minutes, he was clinically dead, before he could be reanimated and operated. When, after several months, he awoke from coma, he was blind, mute and paralyzed in his entire body.
Dominique Othenin-Girard (born 2 October 1958) is a Swiss French-speaking film and television director, and writer. Girard was born to a French-speaking family in Le Locle, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He is best known for directing ', ', and The Crusaders.
Maurice Zermatten (October 22, 1910, St-Martin – February 11, 2001, Sion) was a French-speaking Swiss writer. He was born in St-Martin, a small village situated in the Val d'Hérens, in the canton of Valais. He was first educated at the Ecole normale and then at the University of Fribourg. He published his first novel Le Coeur inutile in 1936 at the age of 26. He taught at the College of Sion where he stayed until retirement.
Maurice Chappaz (21 December 1916 – 15 January 2009) was a French-language Swiss poet and writer. He published more than 40 books and won several literary awards, including his country's most notable award, the Grand Prix Schiller, in 1997.