Herman Hesse


A German-Swiss poet, novelist and painter, Hermann Hesse is best known for his work Siddhartha (1922 in Germany, 1951 in America), a spiritual journey of one man's self-discoveries, contemporaneous with Gautama Buddha's life.

His psychoanalytic novel Steppenwolf (1927 in Germany, 1929 in America), reveals Hesse's sense of profound conflict between spiritualism and humanity versus our aggressive "wolf-like" instincts and utter homelessness. Hesse's lyrical, simplistic writing style and themes searching for authenticity and self-meaning, were extremely popular particularly in 1960's America. Hesse received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.

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