Swiss author best remembered for his early nineteenth-century novel The Swiss Family Robinson. The book, one of the most popular in history, was published in 1812.
His famous novel, originally published as Der Schweizerische Robinson, was translated into English in 1814.
The Swiss Family Robinson was inspired by and compared to author Daniel Defoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe.
His son, Johann Rudolf Wyss, edited The Swiss Family Robinson, and his other son, Johann Emmanuel Wyss, illustrated the work.
Adventure novelist Jules Verne loved The Swiss Family Robinson and, after Wyss' death, wrote a sequel to the book entitled The Castaways of the Flag.