What is the time frame for the novel Swiss Family Robinson?

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The book, “Swiss Family Robinson,” probably takes place around the turn of the 19th century.  There has been several versions of the novel that depict it taking place at many different times and places, but the original work appeared in 1812.  Johann Rudolph Wyss published the book then, but it is not known for certain that he actually wrote it, since in the second edition he gave the credit to his father, and the original manuscript was in his father’s handwriting.

The most famous film version of the book is probably the one made by the Disney Corporation, and the way it was depicted was about the same time period as the book. However, who can forget the famous television show, “Lost in Space,” that was inspired by the book also.  In fact, the family in the series was named “Robinson.”


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