Franco Beltrametti is considered one of the most important Swiss authors of the “Beat Generation”. His estate in the Swiss Literary Archives is an important resource for studies into alternative cultural movements internationally.
Georges Borgeaud (1914–1998) settled in France in 1946, having previously worked as a private tutor and bookseller in Switzerland and Belgium. He is the author of novels (“Le Voyage à l’étranger”) as well as numerous articles and chronicles on painting.
Erika Burkart (1922−2010) is one of the most important poets to have written in the German language. In addition to numerous volumes of poetry, she also published a number of works in prose. Her visual idiom draws heavily on nature.
Blaise Cendrars (1887−1961) was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Granted French citizenship in recognition of his having volunteered in the First World War, he is the author of a diverse oeuvre: poetry, novels, journalism and “memoirs that aren’t memoirs”.
Maurice Chappaz (1916−2009) is a key figure in the literature of French-speaking Switzerland, and was one half of a famous writing couple with S. Corinna Bille. The author of “Portrait des Valaisans” and “Maquereaux des cimes blanches” donated his archives to the Swiss National Library in 1981.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990) was an internationally successful dramatist and writer of crime novels. Late in his life he produced the major autobiographical work “Stoffe”. His pictorial works did not become widely known until after his death.
The work of Heinrich Federer (1866−1928) centres around the depiction of rural life in Switzerland, with an additional focus on Italy. It is imbued with a love of the simple, natural life and a strong social conscience.