Goethe Prize-1946 ;Nobel Prize in Literature-1946,
Born: 02/07/1877 in Calw, South of Germany
and 33km from Stuttgart.
Died: 09/08/1962 in Montagnola, Switzerland,
a small Swiss village near the Swiss Italy border.
Citizen: German. In 1923, he became a Swiss
Hermann Hesse was a
German-Swiss poet, novelist and painter and his works reflect
spiritual aspiration of man and his longing for a new order
transcending national boundaries and sectarian chaos.
Hesse was an
independent minded and head-strong child. He was also adventurous in
nature exploring the neighborhood, the river , the bridge and keenly
observing people around him. His grandfather had a good library and he
encouraged the young boy to access the books in his spare time. His
mother had interest in music and both the music and the poetry were
important for the family. Hesse thus had a practical grooming in
reading, music and poetry.
When First World War broke out, Hesse
enrolled himself as a volunteer in Imperial Army. After the end of
war, he returned to civilian life in 1919 and ultimately settled in
Montagnola. The new ambience brought new wave of creativity within him
and he describes 1920-24 as most prolific and most passionate period
of his life. His novel Siddartha was written at this time.
The last and the longest novel written by
Hermann Hesse was Das Glasperlenspiel (1943/49). He also
published his poetry in two book collections, Trost der Nacht(1929)
& Neue Gedichte(1937).
Influence: Goethe, Nietzsche
Landmarks:* In 1904,
Hesse married Maria Bernoulli of the famous family of Mathematicians.
Beneath the Wheel(1906),
Klingsors letzter Sommer -- Klingsor's
--Journey to the East(1932),
Das Glasperlenspiel -- The Glass Bead
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