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Portrait of Hesse: An Illustrated Biography (1964)

by Bernhard Zeller

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Annbsp;illustrated biography drawing on Hesse's own work and on the recollections of his family and friends Bernhard Zellernbsp;depicts Herman Hesse's ancestry and childhood, spent in the small German town where Hesse was born in 1877, and traces his adolescence and early manhood. He describes his relationship with his first wife, his emigration to Switzerland in protest against German militarism, his Jungian psychoanalysis, the visit to India which inspired his narrative masterpieces Siddhartha and Journey to the East, and the breakup of his marriage. Hesse's growing Iiterary reputation coincided with his brief second marriage, and with his peaceful later years in Montagnola spent in the company of his third wife, Ninon, whom he married in 1931. His stature was not fully recognized outside German-speaking countries until after his death in 1962. Zeller also recalls Hesse's circle of friends, including his famous contemporaries such as Thomas Mann and Andre Gide. This valuable documentary portrait is illustrated with photographs from Hermann Hesse's private collection. In addition, it includes a bibliography and chronology.… (more)
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1244. Portrait of Hesse: An Illustrated Biography, by Bernhard Zeller (17 Sep 1973) This is a biography, whereas Hermann Hesse, by George Wallis Field, which I read just before I read this book, was more an analysis of his work. As sidebar reading to this I read the articles in the Britannica re Wurttemberg and Baden, and found the history of the two states interesting. [At the time I was not conscious of the fact that one of my four great-grandfathers was born in Baden.] ( )
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Cunningham, KeithCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollebone, MarkTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mooij, MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pouw, CeesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Annbsp;illustrated biography drawing on Hesse's own work and on the recollections of his family and friends Bernhard Zellernbsp;depicts Herman Hesse's ancestry and childhood, spent in the small German town where Hesse was born in 1877, and traces his adolescence and early manhood. He describes his relationship with his first wife, his emigration to Switzerland in protest against German militarism, his Jungian psychoanalysis, the visit to India which inspired his narrative masterpieces Siddhartha and Journey to the East, and the breakup of his marriage. Hesse's growing Iiterary reputation coincided with his brief second marriage, and with his peaceful later years in Montagnola spent in the company of his third wife, Ninon, whom he married in 1931. His stature was not fully recognized outside German-speaking countries until after his death in 1962. Zeller also recalls Hesse's circle of friends, including his famous contemporaries such as Thomas Mann and Andre Gide. This valuable documentary portrait is illustrated with photographs from Hermann Hesse's private collection. In addition, it includes a bibliography and chronology.

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