July 24, 2012
Heroes: Hermann Hesse.
Below Hesse (1877-1962) appears at 48 in a 1925 Gret Widman photo. For much of his life he was broke, alone, sick or nomadic. He sold books and antiques. He kept writing, and finally won widespread recognition with Siddhartha (1922) and Steppenwolf (1927). At the outbreak of WWI, friends and countrymen turned against him for knocking German nationalism. Hesse resigned German and acquired Swiss citizenship in 1923. In the 1930s and 1940s, his writings were suppressed, and sometimes destroyed, by the Nazis. The Nobel Prize in Literature came in 1946 at age 70.
Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzbühel Desk) at July 24, 2012 11:59 PM