The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Wyss, Johann Rudolf
WYSS, Johann Rudolf, a Swiss author, born in Bern, March 13, 1781, died there, March 30, 1830. He was educated at German universities, and in 1806 became professor of philosophy in the academy at Bern, and subsequently chief librarian. His works include Vorlesungen über das höchste Gut (2 vols., Tübingen, 1811); Der schweizerische Robinson (Bern, 1813), translated into numerous languages, and known in English as “The Swiss Family Robinson;” Idyllen, Volkssagen, Legend und Erzählungen aus der Schweiz (3 vols., 1815-'22; partly translated into French in Mme. de Montolieu's Châteaux suisses, 1816); and Reise im Berner Oberland (1808; French translation, 2 vols., Bern, 1817).