Hermann Hesse

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Hermann Hesse was born in 1877 in Calw, Germany. He was the son and grandson of Protestant missionaries and was educated in religious schools until the age of thirteen, when he dropped out of school. At age eighteen he moved to Basel, Switzerland, to work as a bookseller and lived in Switzerland for most of his life. His early novels include Peter Camenzind (1904), Beneath the Wheel (1906), Gertrud (1910), and Rosshalde (1914). During this period Hesse married and had three sons.

During World War I Hesse worked to supply German prisoners of war with reading materials and expressed his pacifist leanings in antiwar tracts and novels. Hesse's lifelong battles with depression drew him to study Freud during this period and, later, to undergo analysis with Jung. His first major literary success was the novel Demian (1919).

When Hesse's first marriage ended, he moved to Montagnola, Switzerland, where he created his best-known works: Siddhartha (1922), Steppenwolf (1927), Narcissus and Goldmund (1930), Journey to the East (1932), and The Glass Bead Game (1943). Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. He died in 1962 at the age of eighty-five.

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Siddhartha

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A book--rare in our arid age--that takes root in the heart and grows there for a lifetime.Classic novel that has inspired generations of seekers. Blending Eastern mysticism and psychoanalysis, Hesse presents a strikingly original view of man and culture and the arduous process of self-discovery, reconciliation, harmony, and peace.

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Siddhartha

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One of the classics of 20th century literature now often included in high school and college courses, Siddhartha chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha.

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Siddhartha

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One of the classics of 20th century literature now often included in high school and college courses, Siddhartha chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha.

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Demian

The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth
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Journey To The East

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Narcissus and Goldmund

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Hesse's novel of two medieval men, one quietlycontent with his religion and monastic life, theother in fervent search of more worldly salvation.This conflict between flesh and spirit, betweenemotional and contemplative man, was a life study forHesse.

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Poems

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Few American readers seem to be aware that Hermann Hesse, author of the epic novels "Steppenwolf "and "Siddhartha," among many others, also wrote poetry, the best of which the poet James Wright has translated and included in this book.

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Seasons of Life

A Companion for the Poetic Journey
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A never-before-seen volume of poetry by the preeminent poet laureate Herman Hesse--a beautiful companion to Seasons of the Soul and the author's better-known prose work.

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Seasons of the Soul

The Poetic Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom of Herman Hesse
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Vowing at an early age “to be a poet or nothing at all,” Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history.

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Siddhartha

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In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound.

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