Heidi

Heidi

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Heidi

Heidi

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For a story so widely known and loved as "Heidi," it seems singular that so little is generally known concerning the author. Librarians, teachers and parents have been constantly put to it to answer inquiries regarding Johanna Spyri, but beyond the fact that she lived in Switzerland, very little has been available in the way of biographical data. A book recently translated from the German of Anna Ulrich supplies some facts regarding her early life.

From this book we learn that Johanna Spyri drew the scenes of "Heidi" and others of her Swiss stories from recollections of her own childhood, and that of her brothers, sisters and playmates. For many years, however, these memories were locked up within her own brain, and it was not until middle life that she began to set them down on paper. In writing of these early days, Anna Ulrich, her life- time friend, says:

"The house where Johanna Spyri was born, the doctor's house in Hirzel, seven miles distant from . . .

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