Hermann Hesse

Year of birth : 1877
Parents : Johannes Hesse, Marie Gundert


" Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them,

whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.

 They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by  

particulars, the ancient law of life. " 

“ If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself.  

What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us. " 

" Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. "

Books by the Master

" Siddhartha " ... " Demian " ... " Steppenwolf " ... " Narcissus and Goldmund " ... " Beneath the Wheel " ... " The Glass Bead Game " ... " Knulp " ... " Peter Camenzind " ... " The Journey to the East " ... " Gertrude " ... " The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse " ... " Rosshalde " ... " Klingsors Last Summer " ... " Strange News from Another Star " ... " Poems " ... " Wandering " ... " If the War goes on " ... " Pictor's Metamorphoses and Other Fantasies " ... " Klingsors letzter Sommer - Kinderseele " ... " The Complete fairy tales of Hermann Hesse " ... " My Belief: Essays on Life and Art " ... " Hours in the garden and other poems " ... " Siddhartha Demian and other writings " ... " Autobiographical writings "


Hermann Karl Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticityself-knowledge and spirituality. After his death in 1962, the youth subcultures embraced Hesse's work, a tendency which even continues today. This popularity was rooted in the fact that the counter cultures were seeking the same enlightenment as many of Hermann Hesse characters.

In the following years, Hermann Hesse apprenticed in a bookshop in Esslingen Am Neckar and a clock tower factory in Calw. These experiences moved Hermann Hesse to return to his search for spirituality. In 1895, Hesse took another apprenticeship at a bookseller in Tubingen. This bookseller specialized in legal, theological, and philological texts. During this time, Hesse began to study the works of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Friedrich Schiller. The works of these philosophers would have a profound influence on Hesse’s later writing. He also studied Greek mythology. In 1895, Hesse ceased alluding to Buddhism in his works. In 1904, Hesse returned to his former interest in India and Buddhism. He returned to his interest after reading the works of Arthur Shopehauer and Theosophy. Hesse continued writing.

The University of Bern awarded Hermann Hesse an Honorary Doctorate for the profundity of his work. In addition, Hermann Hesse received many awards including Mejstrik-Preis of the Schiller Foundation in Vienna, Gottfried-Keller-Preis, Goethe Prize, Wilhelm-Raabe-Preis, Pour le Merite and Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. Hermann Hesse was also awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1946. 

From the United States, the Hesse renaissance spread to Germany and other parts of the world: more than 800,000 copies were sold in the German-speaking world in 1972–1973. In a space of just a few years, Hesse became the most widely read and translated European author of the 20th century.