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Books by Hermann Hesse

In the 1960s, especially in the United States, the novels of Hermann Hesse were widely embraced by young readers who found in his protagonists a reflection of their own search for meaning in a troubled world. Hesse's rich allusions to world mythologies, especially those of Asia, and his persistent theme of the individual striving for integrity in opposition to received opinions and mass culture appealed to a generation in upheaval and in search of renewed values.

Born in southern Germany in 1877, Hesse came from a family of missionaries, scholars, and writers with strong ties to India. This early exposure to the philosophies and religions of Asia--filtered and interpreted by thinkers thoroughly steeped in the intellectual traditions and currents of modern Europe--provided Hesse with some of the most pervasive elements in his short stories and novels, especially Siddhartha (1922) and Journey to the East (1932).

Hesse concentrated on writing poetry as a young man, but his first successful book was a novel, Peter Camenzind (1904). The income it brought permitted him to settle with his wife in rural Switzerland and write full-time. By the start of World War I in 1914, Hesse had produced several more novels and had begun to write the considerable number of book reviews and articles that made him a strong influence on the literary culture of his time.

During the war, Hesse was actively involved in relief efforts. Depression, criticism for his pacifist views, and a series of personal crises--combined with what he referred to as the "war psychosis" of his times--led Hesse to undergo psychoanalysis with J. B. Lang, a student of Carl Jung. Out of these years came Demian (1919), a novel whose main character is torn between the orderliness of bourgeois existence and the turbulent and enticing world of sensual experience. This dichotomy is prominent in Hesse's subsequent novels, including Siddhartha (1922), Steppenwolf (1927), and Narcissus and Goldmund (1930). Hesse worked on his magnum opus, The Glass Bead Game (1943), for twelve years. This novel was specifically cited when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. Hesse died at his home in Switzerland in 1962.

Calling his life a series of "crises and new beginnings," Hesse clearly saw his writing as a direct reflection of his personal development and his protagonists as representing stages in his own evolution. In the 1950s, Hesse described the dominant theme of his work: "From Camenzind to Steppenwolf and Josef Knecht [protagonist of The Glass Bead Game], they can all be interpreted as a defense (sometimes also as an SOS) of the personality, of the individual self."

Joachim Neugroschel (translator) has won three PEN translation awards and the French-American translation prize. He has also translated Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs, both for Penguin Classics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ralph Freedman (introducer), Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, is acclaimed for his biographies Hermann Hesse: Pilgrim of Crisis, and Life of a Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke.

Steppenwolf By Hermann Hesse
Steppenwolfby Hermann Hesse
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The Glass Bead Game By Hermann Hesse
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Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse
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Demian By Hermann Hesse
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Demian By Hermann Hesse
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Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse
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Narcissus and Goldmund By Hermann Hesse
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The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse By Hermann Hesse
The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesseby Hermann Hesse
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Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse
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Der Steppenwolf By Hermann Hesse
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London Observed By Doris Lessing
London Observedby Hermann Hesse
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Siddhartha By Hermann Hesse
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Peter Camenzind By Hermann Hesse
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Steppenwolf By Hermann Hesse
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Narcissus and Goldmund By Hermann Hesse
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Beneath the Wheel By Hermann Hesse
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Wandering By Hermann Hesse
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Steppenwolf By Hermann Hesse
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Selected Works By Hermann Hesse
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Rosshalde By Hermann Hesse
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Poems By Hermann Hesse
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The Seasons of Life By Hermann Hesse
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Strange News from Another Star By Hermann Hesse
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Narcissus and Goldmund By Hermann Hesse
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Knulp By Hermann Hesse
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Demian By Hermann Hesse
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Gertrud By Hermann Hesse
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If the War Goes On . . . By Hermann Hesse
If the War Goes On . . .by Hermann Hesse
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Demian By Hermann Hesse
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Bäume.: Betrachtungen und Gedichte By Hermann Hesse
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The Prodigy By Hermann Hesse
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Gertrude By Hermann Hesse
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Steppenwolf By Hermann Hesse
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The Hesse-Mann Letters By Hermann Hesse
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Knulp By Hermann Hesse
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The Glass Bead Game By Hermann Hesse
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Das Glasperlenspiel By Hermann Hesse
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Klingsor's Last Summer By Hermann Hesse
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Le Loup DES Steppesby Hermann Hesse
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Narcissus and Goldmund By Hermann Hesse
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