Johann Rudolf Wyss

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Johann Robert Wyss German pronunciation: [ˈjoːhan ˈro bert ˈviːs] (4 March 1782 – 21 March 1830) was a Swiss author, writer, and folklorist who wrote the words to the former Swiss national anthem Rufst Du, mein Vaterland in 1811, and also edited the novel The Swiss Family Robinson, written by his father Johann David Wyss, published in 1812. His father died in 1818, and Johann Robert Wyss died in 1830, at the young age of 48.

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Wyss (pronounced Veese) was born in Bern, Switzerland, and studied theology in Göttingen and Halle. In 1805 he became Professor of Philosophy at Bern's academy, and later chief librarian of its city library. He died in Bern.

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  • Vorlesungen über das höchste Gut ("Lectures on the highest good,” 2 vols., Tübingen, 1811)
  • Idyllen, Volkssagen, Legend und Erzählungen aus der Schweiz ("Idylls, folk tales, legends, and stories from Switzerland,” 3 vols., 1815–22; partly translated into French in Mme. de Montolieu's Châteaux suisses, 1816)
  • Reise im Berner Oberland ("Travels in the Bern highlands,” 1808; French translation, Voyage dans l'Oberland bernois, 2 vols., Bern, 1817)


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