Famous Swiss Essayists

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Alejo Carpentier
(Writer, Journalist, Essayist, Musicologist, Literary critic)
Alejo Carpentier
Birthdate: December 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lausanne
Died: April 24, 1980

Swiss-born Cuban author Alejo Carpentier is regarded as one of the greatest Latin American literary personalities. The Cervantes Prize-winning writer was one of the pioneers of magic realism. Known for novels such as The Lost Steps, he also contributed to the Afro-Cuban movement and was the Cuban ambassador to France.

Jacques Chessex
(Swiss Poet, Painter and Essayist)
Jacques Chessex
Birthdate: March 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Payerne, Switzerland
Died: October 9, 2009

One of the most significant Swiss-born French authors, Jacques Chessex scripted history as the first Swiss author to win the French prize Prix Goncourt, for his novel L'Ogre. He had a heart attack and collapsed while discussing a play at a public event and died shortly after.

Albert Steffen
(Swiss Poet, Painter, Dramatist, Essayist, and Novelist)
Albert Steffen
Birthdate: December 10, 1884
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wynau, Switzerland
Died: July 13, 1963

One of the major figures of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical movement, Albert Steffen was not just a renowned dramatist, poet, and novelist, but also a talented painter. He also headed the Anthroposophical Society and edited its review, Das Goetheanum. His plays such as Hieram und Salomo and Barrabas, remain his best-known works.

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