Soul of the Age: The Selected Letters of Hermann Hesse, 1891-1962
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Soul of the Age: The Selected Letters of Hermann Hesse, 1891-1962

by Hermann Hesse
     
 

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Throughout his life, Herman Hesse was a devoted letter writer. He corresponded, not just with friends and family, but also with his readers. From his letters home from the seminary at age fourteen, to his last letters, written days before his death at eighty-five, this selection gives a sense of the author of some of the most widely read books of the century.

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Throughout his life, Herman Hesse was a devoted letter writer. He corresponded, not just with friends and family, but also with his readers. From his letters home from the seminary at age fourteen, to his last letters, written days before his death at eighty-five, this selection gives a sense of the author of some of the most widely read books of the century.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
About half of the 30,000 letters written by German writer Hesse are extant. This book makes available a major selection of them for the first time in English (see also The Hesse-Mann Letters, 1910-1955 , LJ 5/15/75). Hesse, the 1946 Nobel Laureate in Literature and author of Steppenwolf , Siddhartha , and The Glass Bead Game , personally responded to all his correspondence until his mid-seventies. The letters take the place of an autobiography, as Hesse scholar Ziolkowski (Princeton) points out in the introduction, and cover his adolescence (boys' school, attempted suicide), his three marriages, and his relentlessly honest feelings about Germany's involvement in the world wars. A valuable picture of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century emerges. Highly recommended for German literature collections.-- Ingrid Schierling, Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Booknews
This collection contains some 300 letters (Hesse wrote more than 30,000 during his lifetime) which provide an intimate look at the writer's three marriages and his relationships with his sons, friends, and colleagues, as well as a record of his early resistance to and despair at the two world wars, his interest in contemporary literature, and his love for nature. Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The glass bead game are among the most widely read novels of this century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374126124
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/01/1991
Pages:
347
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.28(d)

Meet the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote many novels, stories, and essays that bear a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.

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