Born in 1877, Herman Hesse would become known as the "author of crisis," a reputation that was well earned through his books that explored the complexities of the soul and human existence. Along with his countryman Thomas Mann, Hesse remains one of the most well-regarded German novelists of any literary era, and as such, was honored with the Nobel Prize in 1946 "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style." On the first site profiled here, visitors can read about Hesse's life by perusing a series of essays, learn where Hesse archives are located, and learn about his love of painting. The site also features rare film footage of Hesse and a recording of his voice (which is, of course, in German). The second site features a biographical essay on Hesse, and perhaps most importantly, the complete text of his novel Siddartha, which was inspired by Hesse's interest in Eastern religions and an extended visit to India.
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