Herman Hesse (1877-1962) was a German poet and novelist. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.
"Rilke, T. S. Eliot, Gide, Thomas Mann rightly called Hesse a master... His fiction achieves the glorious anachronism of art: created in the past, it speaks to us in the present. It glorifies the strategies of attempting to become a full human being and it celebrates the nobility of failure." --Webster Schott, Life "Hesse is a writer of suggestion, of nuance, of spiritual intimation." --Christian Science Monitor "One of the defining spirits of our century." --Ralph Freedman, Princeton University