Bronze statue at Spitteler Quai, Lucerne (Photo: Wolfgang Schatz)
Carl Spitteler in 1916 (Source: Carl-Spitteler Foundation Lucerne)

Carl Spitteler the free spirit

Carl Spitteler was born in Liestal in the canton of Basel Land and lived with his family in Lucerne for 32 years where he worked as a freelance writer. In 1919 he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature, the first Swiss recipient of this award.

In 2019, the University of Lucerne and the city and canton of Lucerne paid tribute to Spitteler and his extensive literary accomplishments in a jubilee celebration. (more information in German: Die Universität Luzern im Zeichen Carl Spittelers)

You can find out more about the Nobel Prize winner in the audio contribution or in the complete text "Carl Spitteler the free spirit".