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Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz

Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz
Title page of a work of C.-F. Ramuz in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade.
Born (1878-09-24)September 24, 1878
Lausanne, Switzerland
Died May 23, 1947(1947-05-23) (aged 68)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Occupation Novelist, Poet
Nationality Swiss
Alma mater University of Lausanne
Period 1903 - 1947
Notable works La Grande Peur dans la Montagne
Spouse Cécille Cellier (b. 1872, d. 1956)
Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz on a 200-francs Swiss banknote.

Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (September 24, 1878 – May 23, 1947) was a French-speaking Swiss writer.

He was born in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud and was educated at the University of Lausanne. He taught briefly in nearby Aubonne, and then in Weimar, Germany. In 1903, he left for Paris and remained there until World War I, with frequent trips home to Switzerland. In 1903, he published Le petit village, a collection of poems.

In 1914, he returned to Switzerland, where he lived a reclusive life devoted to his writing.

He wrote the libretto for Igor Stravinsky's Histoire du soldat.

He died in Pully, near Lausanne in 1947. His likeness and an artistic impression of his works appear on the 200 Swiss franc note (in current use). The Foundation C.F. Ramuz in Pully awards the Grand Prix C. F. Ramuz.


  • Le petit village (1903)
  • Aline (1905)
  • Jean-Luc persécuté (1909)
  • Aimé Pache, peintre vaudois (1911)
  • Vie de Samuel Belet (1913)
  • Raison d'être (1914)
  • Le règne de l'esprit malin (1917) / The Reign of the Evil One, translated by James Whitall (Onesuch Press, 2014)
  • La guérison des malades (1917)
  • Les signes parmi nous (1919)
  • Salutation paysanne (1919)
  • Terre du ciel (1921)
  • Présence de la mort (1922)
  • La séparation des races (1922)
  • Passage du poète (1923)
  • L'amour du monde (1925)
  • Chant de notre Rhône.(1925) / Riversong of the Rhone, translated by Patti M. Marxsen (Onesuch Press, 2015)
  • La grande peur dans la montagne (1926)
  • La beauté sur la terre (1927) / Beauty on Earth, translated by Michelle Bailat-Jones (Onesuch Press, 2014)
  • Adam et Eve (1932)
  • Derborence (1934) / The Night the Mountain Fell, translated by Sarah Fisher Scott (1949)
  • Questions (1935)
  • Le garçon savoyard (1936)
  • Taille de l'homme (1937)
  • Besoin de grandeur (1937)
  • Si le soleil ne revenait pas... (1937) / As if the Sun were Never to Return, translated by Michelle Bailat-Jones (Onesuch Press, 2015)
  • Paris, notes d'un vaudois (1938)
  • Découverte du monde (1939)
  • La guerre aux papiers (1942)
  • René Auberjonois (1943)
  • Nouvelles (1944)

The soldier's march ( NA)


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