Fun Facts Friday: Hermann Hesse
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / July 3, 2015

Hermann Hesse (2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a Swiss poet, author and painter. Hesse was a headstrong child, his mother wrote “The little fellow has a life in him, an unbelievable strength, a powerful will, and, for his four years of age, a truly astonishing mind.” Hermann Gundert, Hermann Hesse’s grandfather and a doctor of philosophy (as well as fluent in multiple languages), encouraged his grandson to read a lot, and even gave him access to his library. Hesse tried to work in a bookshop, but quite after 3 days. Hesse, Maria Bernoulli, was from a famous family of mathematicians. In World War I, Mr. Hesse Hesse volunteered with the Imperial army but was found unfit for combat duty. Instead he was assigned to care for POWs. Maria suffered from psychosis and after her recovery the couple separated. Hesse attempted to work against Hitler‘s suppression of art and literature that protested Nazi ideology. The Nazis eventually banned his work in their magazines. In 1946, Mr. Hesse received the Nobel Prize in Literature. The New York Times went so far as to claim that Hesse’s works were largely “inaccessible” for American readers. Hesse calculated that his average daily correspondence…

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