Hermann Hesse

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Date of Birth July 2, 1877
Place of Birth Calw, Germany
Date of Death Aug 9, 1962 (85)
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Hermann Hesse

Hermann Karl Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Born: July 2, 1877, Calw, Oberamt Calw, Schwarzwaldkreis, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire
Died: August 9, 1962, Montagnola, Ticino, Switzerland
Occupation: Novelist, short story author, essayist, poet, painter
Nationality: German, Swiss
Period: 1904–1953
Genre: Fiction
Notable works: The Glass Bead Game, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, Demian
Notable awards: Gottfried-Keller-Preis (1936), Goethe Prize (1946), Nobel Prize in Literature (1946), Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize (1950), Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (1955)
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About Hermann Hesse

German, Nobel Prize-winning author of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and The Glass Bead Game. He was a 1946 recipient of the prestigious Goethe Prize.

Before Fame

His grandfather encouraged him to study literature. He published his debut poem, "Madonna," in 1896.

Achievement

The Glass Bead Game imagined a calm and well-ordered world. This vision resonated with Germans of the post-World War II era.

Family Life

His parents, Marie Gundert and Johannes Hesse, served as Protestant missionaries in India.

Associations

He and Thomas Mann were friends.

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