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Hermann Hesse

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse

Profession: Nobel Laureate Novelist


Why Famous: Best known for his novels that include "Steppenwolf", "Siddhartha, and "The Glass Bead Game" which all explore an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.

He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.

Born: July 2, 1877
Birthplace: Calw, Württemberg, Germany
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: August 9, 1962 (aged 85)

Married Life

  • 1904-08-02 Novelist Hermann Hesse (27) weds Maria Bernoulli
  • 1924-01-11 Novelist Hermann Hesse (36) weds singer Ruth Wenger

Historical Events

  • 1946-12-10 German/Swiss novelist Hermann Hesse wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style"