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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 included 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... Read More

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The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Written by Hermann Hesse


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 30, 2009
Price: $12.99

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The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Written by Hermann Hesse


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 1, 1995
Price: $17.00

"Hesse unerringly creates the feel of a fairy tale in the first paragraph of all these works but then proceeds to alter their development in an unmistakably 20th-century way. The title character of "Augustus," for
example, loses everything and passes through a series of tribulations, like the traditional fairy-tale hero, but... Read more >
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Narcissus and Goldmund

Written by Hermann Hesse


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1984
Price: $7.99

Translated by Ursule Molinaro. Set in the Middle Ages, a timeless parable of youth's initiation into the rites of maturity. Hesse's novel of two medieval men, one quietly content with his religion and monastic life, the other in fervent search of more worldly salvation. This conflict between flesh and spirit, between... Read more >

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Siddhartha

Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Susan Bernofsky
Introduction by Tom Robbins


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $15.00

Hermann Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book’s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hesse’s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian... Read more >

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Siddhartha

Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Susan Bernofsky
Introduction by Tom Robbins


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 18, 2006
Price: $16.95

Hermann Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book’s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hesse’s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian... Read more >

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Siddhartha

Written by Hermann Hesse


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1981
Price: $5.99

In Nobel-Prize winner Hermann Hesse's most influential work, 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 his lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river... Read more >

Siddhartha

Written by Hermann Hesse
Translated by Susan Bernofsky


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 22, 2009
Price: $7.99

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