Bathed Naked, Cheered Until Twelve
Zurich is fertile ground for great literature: many famous writers created important works there and allowed themselves to be inspired either by its liberal cosmopolitanism or its idyllic peace and quiet. Fifty of them were portrayed by the Zurich Tages-Anzeiger in a series of entertaining and informative articles – to pay homage both to literature and the town itself.
In coffeehouses, on park benches, in hotel rooms or on the banks of the river Limmat – in Zurich it is hard to find a spot not occupied, at one time or other, by a famous writer thinking or putting pen to paper. Goethe even had himself rowed to the middle of the lake to compose a poem (Klopstock was content to praise its glistening surface from the shore) – and noted later in his diary that he had felt "as happy as a pig". Georg Büchner wrote Woyzeck in a house on Spiegelgasse, while on the other side of the Limmat, Gottfried Keller created Martin Salander. Robert Musil worked on The Man Without Qualities, James Joyce on Finnegans Wake, Thomas Mann on Felix Krull. They were all here, some temporarily, some for half a lifetime: Kurt Tucholsky, Johanna Spyri, Elias Canetti, Robert Walser, Max Frisch… Written by literary critics and experts, these portraits give informative insights into the creative processes of world-famous wordsmiths while at the same time conveying the flavour of a very special town.