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Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a German author, and the winner of the 1946 Nobel Prize in literature. He is most famous for his novels Steppenwolf and Das Glasperlenspiel (The Glass Bead Game).

Hesse's interests in existential, spiritual, and mystical themes and in Buddhist and Hindu philosophy may be seen in his works.

Born on July 2, 1877 in Calw, Württemberg, Hesse emigrated to Switzerland in 1912 and in 1923 became a Swiss citizen.


  • 1904 - Peter Camenzind
  • 1906 - Unterm Rad
  • 1910 - Gertrud
  • 1919 - Demian
  • 1920 - Klingsors letzter Sommer
  • 1922 - Siddharta
  • 1927 - Der Steppenwolf (the name was borrowed by the well-known rock group Steppenwolf)
  • 1930 - Narziss und Goldmund
  • 1932 - Die Morgenlandfahrt
  • 1943 - Das Glasperlenspiel (English translations have been variously titled, Magister Ludi, Master of the Game, and The Glass Bead Game.)

Hermann Hesse died in Montagnola[?] on August 9, 1962.

External Links and references

  • Germanic American Institute biography (http://webcampus3.stthomas.edu/paschons/language_http/essays/hesse) discussing Hesse's interest in Indian philosophies and his lifelong appeal to young people, which peaked in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Siddhartha, An Indian tale, Hermann Hesse, Bantam Books, 1981, mass market paperback, 160 pages, ISBN 0553208845
  • the e-text of Siddhartha (http://www.abacci.com/books/book.asp?bookID=2223)

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