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Johanna Spyri - Author

Johanna Louise Heusser, the fourth of six children of Meta Schweizer (1797-1876) and Johan Jakob Heusser (1783-1859), physician, was born on 12 June 1827 in the village of Herzil, nestled in the Alps of Switzerland. She went to school and was tutored at home, then studied languages and piano in Zürich. In 1852 she married lawyer Bernhard Spyri (1821-1884) with whom she'd have a son, Bernard Diethelm (1855-1884). The couple moved to Zürich to a home overlooking the lake where she wrote her first novel, A Leaf on Vrony's Grave, which was published in 1871.

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Heidi
Johanna Spyri
The Story of Heidi is a most tender and touching one. When Heidi is orphaned, she is sent to live with her uncle in his simple home high up in the mountains. Heidi loves the life and her grandfather; she...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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Heidi (Oxford Children's Classics)
Johanna Spyri
The Story of Heidi is a most tender and touching one. When Heidi is orphaned, she is sent to live with her uncle in his simple home high up in the mountains. Heidi loves the life and her grandfather; she...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/03/2010
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Heidi
Johanna Spyri
Freedom to roam in the high Swiss Alps brings great happiness in this story of Heidi and her unusual childhood high up in the Swiss Alps. When Heidi's parents...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2009
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