Henri Frederic Amiel was born in Geneva. He was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic. After becoming an orphan at a tender age, he traveled widely and became intimate with the intellectual leaders of Europe. He made a special study of German philosophy in Berlin.
His one book by which he is still appreciated at the present moment, the “Journal Intime” was published after his death and obtained a European reputation. The book was translated into English by Mary A. Ward at the insistence of Mark Pattison.