Heidi Johanna SpyriHeidi is a work of fiction written in 1880 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, originally published in two parts as Heidi's years of learning and travel (German: Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre) and Heidi makes use of what she has learned. It is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care, in the Swiss Alps. It was written as a book "for children and those who love children." Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature.
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Johanna Louise Spyri was born in Hirzel, Switzerland on 12 June 1827. The daughter of a country doctor, she was one of six children. The family later moved to Zurich where the young Johanna went to school, studying languages and piano. She married a lawyer, Bernhard Spyri, in 1852 and they had one child, Bernard, who was born in 1855. Johanna began writing in earnest in 1871, with her many stories often featuring the idyllic Swiss countryside of her childhood. Her beloved children's novel Heidi was published in 1881 and has become one of the bestselling books of all time. Following the tragic deaths of her husband and child in 1884, Spyri devoted herself to writing and charity work, completing over fifty more stories before her death in Zurich on 7 July 1901.