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Trogen (AP) - The Swiss author Helen Meier died at the age of 91.

She only gained notoriety in the 1980s and then became an important literary voice in her country.

Meier fell asleep peacefully on Saturday night in her old people's home in Trogen near St. Gallen, confirmed the home manager of the German Press Agency.

The Keystone-SDA agency had previously reported her death.

Meier originally worked as a teacher and in refugee aid for the Red Cross.

Her literary talent first attracted attention when she took part in the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition in 1984.

In 2000 Meier received the Meersburger Droste Prize.

In her novels and stories, she always illustrated the needs of outsiders and the marginalized, wrote her biographer Charles Linsmayer.

"I am not interested in the smooth, normal, lovely, nice, hearty," he quoted Meier.

The fairy tale collection “The White Bird, the Hat and the Princess”, which Meier had written long before her breakthrough as a young woman, was last published in 2019.

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