Hermann Hesse Biography


Type: Novelist, short story author, essayist, poet

Born: 2 July 1877

Died: 9 August 1962 (aged 85)

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only came later. Hesse's first great novel, "Peter Camenzind", was received enthusiastically by young Germans desiring a different and more "natural" way of life at the time of great economic and technological progress in the country. Throughout Germany, many schools are named after him. In 1964, the Calwer Hermann-Hesse-Preis was founded, which is awarded every two years, alternately to a German-language literary journal or to the translator of Hesse's work to a foreign language. There is also a Hermann Hesse prize associated with the city of Karlsruhe,Germany. Bibliography: (1899) Eine Stunde hinter Mitternacht. Novella. (1900) Hermann Lauscher (1904) Peter Camenzind (1906) Unterm Rad (Beneath the Wheel; also published as The Prodigy) (1908) Freunde. Novella. (1910) Gertrud (1913) Aus Indien (Out of India) (1914) Roßhalde (1915) Knulp. (Also published as Three Tales from the Life of Knulp) (1916) Schön ist die Jugend. Novella. (1919) Strange News from Another Star. (Originally published as Märchen) Collection of short stories written between 1913 and 1918. (1919) Demian (published under the pen name Emil Sinclair) (1919) Klein und Wagner (1920) Klingsors letzter Sommer (Klingsor's Last Summer) (1922) Siddhartha (1927) Der Steppenwolf (1930) Narziß und Goldmund (Narcissus and Goldmund; also published as Death and the Lover) (1932) Die Morgenlandfahrt (Journey to the East) (1943) Das Glasperlenspiel (The Glass Bead Game; also published as Magister Ludi)

Hermann Hesse Quotes

If I know what love is, it is because of you.

It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.

Not in his speech, not in his thoughts, I see his greatness, only in his actions, in his life.

Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.

I will no longer mutilate and destroy myself in order to find a secret behind the ruins.

Let me say no more. Words do no justice to the hidden meaning. Everything immediately becomes slightly different when it is expressed in words, a little bit distorted, a little foolish...It is perfectly fine with me that what for one man is precious wisdom for another sounds like foolery.

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