Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz (September 24, 1878 – May 23, 1947) was a French-speaking Swiss writer. He authored 22 novels, hundreds of short stories and his personal journals fill several volumes. Precious little has been translated into English. He is most well-known outside Switzerland for the libretto he wrote for Igor Stravinsky's Histoire du soldat.
He was born in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud and studied languages and literature at the University of Lausanne. He taught briefly in nearby Aubonne, and then in Weimar, Germany, where he was a tutor in the home of the Russian Count Maurice Prozor. In 1903, he left for Paris where he published Le petit village, a collection of poems. He remained in Paris, making frequent trips to Switzerland until World War I.
During his lifetime he was often - incorrectly - classified as a regional author. Today, he is regarded as a modern writer and one of the greatest French-Swiss authors of the 20th century. The form of his work, with its varying of narrative perspective, use of images and similes sympathetic to his rural characters sometimes shocked his contemporary readers. To Ramuz, form was as important as content.
In 1913 he married the Neuchâtel painter Cécile Cellier and their daughter Marianne, was born. In 1914, he returned to Switzerland, where he lived a retired life devoted to his writing. The novels written after his return owe much to the Vaud and Valais regions.
He died in Pully, near Lausanne in the year 1947. His likeness and an artistic impression of his works appear on the 200 Swiss franc note (in current use).
His works published by Onescuch Press include,
La Beauté sur la terre, 1927; as Beauty on Earth, 2012
Le Garçon savoyard (1936, The Savoyard Boy)
Si le soleil ne revenait pas, 1937; as If the Sun were never to Return, 2015