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Otto Sutermeister

Otto Sutermeister

Swiss folklorist
Otto Sutermeister
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Intro Swiss folklorist
Was Writer Educator
From Switzerland
Type Academia Literature
Gender male
Birth 27 September 1832, Tegerfelden
Death 18 August 1901, Aarau (aged 68 years)
Star sign LibraLibra
The details


Friedrich Gottlieb Otto Sutermeister (27 September 1832 in Tegerfelden – 18 August 1901 in Aarau) was a Swiss folklorist and professor at the University of Berne who collected and revised numerous folk tales, legends, fables, and proverbs.
Strongly influenced by the Brothers Grimm, Sutermeister emphasized the didactic aspect of Swiss folklore and rewrote many of the tales to suit young readers. He also was editor of the works of Jeremias Gotthelf and of the "Swiss Idioticon".
Otto Sutermeister was a friend of the German poet Friedrich Rückert, the father of Werner Sutermeister and the grandfather of Heinrich and Hans Martin Sutermeister.


His major works are:

  • "Frisch und Fromm: Erzählungen, Märchen, Fabeln, Schwänke für die Jugend" ("Fresh and Pious: Stories, Fairy Tales, Fables, and Anecdotes for the Young"), 1863;
  • "Kinder‐ und Hausmärchen" ("Children's and Household Tales"), 1869;
  • "Kornblumen: Fabeln und Märchen" ("Cornflowers: Fables and Fairy Tales"), 1870.

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