Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.
– Hermann Hesse
born in Calw, Württemberg, Germany July 02, 1877
died: August 09, 1962
genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
influences: Jacob Burckhardt, Baruch Spinoza, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietz…more
Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual’s search for spirituality outside society.
Hesse was born in the Black Forest town of Calw to a Christian missionary family. Both of his parents served with a Basel Mission to India, where Hesse’s mother Marie Gundert was born in 1842. Hesse’s father, Johannes Hesse, was born in 1877 in Estonia, the son of a doctor. The Hesse family had lived in Calw since 1873, where they operated a missionary publishing house under the direction of Hesse’s grandfather, Hermann Gundert.