Charles Ferdinand Ramuz was a French-speaking Swiss writer.
He was born in Lausanne in the canton of Vaud and educated at the University of Lausanne. He taught briefly in nearby Aubonne, and then in Weimar, Germany. In 1903, he left for Paris and remained there until World War I, with frequent trips home to Switzerland. In 1903, he published Le petit village, a collection of poems.
In 1914, he returned to Switzerland, where he lived a retired life devoted to his writing.