- Gritli's Children, A Story of Switzerland was authored by Johanna Spyri, and translated into English by Louise Brooks. It follows the youth of Nora, an invalid girl growing up in a handsome stone villa set in a beautiful garden on the banks of the Rhine. She lives with her mother, Mrs. Stanhope, and Clarissa, an elderly woman -- "a woman who looked so exquisitely neat that one would have thought that she had no other business in life than that of keeping in perfect order her gray hair, with its snow-white cap, and her simple, spotless dress; but, on the contrary, she was the house-keeper, and had the whole charge of the big house, with all its complicated domestic arrangements." After several failed attempts to broaden Nora's social circle, Nora forms a tight friendship with a neighboring girl Elsli. The book tracks the progression of both Nora's condition, and their friendship.