HESSE, Herman

HESSE, Herman
   German poet and novelist born of a MISSIONARY family in India. Deeply influenced by KIERKEGAARD, NIETZCHE and BUDDHISM he rejected CHRISTIANITY. His works became CULT readings among the West Coast HIPPIES in America during the 1960s. The hallmark of his work is a desire for experience untrammeled by the inhibitions of institutionalized society to elicit a LIBERATION of thought and behavior. His most famous works are
   Siddhartha (1922 translated 1951), Steppenwolf (1927 translated 1929) and The Glass Bead Game (1943 translated 1970).

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