Jürg Federspiel

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Jürg Federspiel (28 June 1931 – 12 January 2007) was a Swiss writer, born in Kemptthal, Canton Zurich.

Federspiel grew up in Davos and attended secondary school in Basel. From 1951 he worked as a journalist and film critic for several Swiss newspapers, and spent time in Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland and the USA. Federspiel authored more than 20 novels and short story collections.[1]

In the English-speaking world his best-known work was The Ballad of Typhoid Mary.[1] A historical novel about the life of Mary Mallon, it was published in German in 1982, and published in English translation in 1983 by Random House.[2]

Towards the end of his life, he lived alternately in Basel and New York. He suffered for years with severe diabetes and Parkinson's disease.[1]

Federspiel died on 25 February 2007 in Basel, having been missing since 12 January 2007. The cause of death was assumed to be suicide.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Jürg Federspiel, Who Wrote ‘Typhoid Mary,’ Dies at 75". New York Times. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Belling, Catherine (2008-07-21). "Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database -- Federspiel, J. F. -- The Ballad of Typhoid Mary". New York University. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Jürg Federspiel tot aufgefunden, NZZ Online, retrieved 2011-09-11