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Freedman, Ralph. Hermann Hesse: Pilgrim of Crisis. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978. Filled with interesting insights into Hesse's work.

Mileck, Joseph. Hermann Hesse: Life and Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978. The work of a renowned Hesse scholar.


Boulby, Mark. Hermann Hesse: His Mind and Art. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1967. Detailed studies of Hesse's novels.

Casebeer, Edwin F. Hermann Hesse. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1972. In the "Writers for the Seventies" series. Studies of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game).

Fickert, Kurt J. Hermann Hesse's Quest: The Evolution of the Dichter (Poet) Figure in His Work. Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada: York Press, 1978. A concise academic study.

Field, George W. Hermann Hesse. New York: Twayne, 1970. Biography and analysis of the fiction.

Freedman, Ralph. The Lyrical Novel. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963. Discussions of the novels by a Hesse biographer.

Mileck, Joseph. Hermann Hesse and His Critics. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1958.

Otten, Anna, ed. Hesse Companion. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1977. A biographical study and essays, by Theodore Ziolkowski on Siddhartha and Mark Boulby on Steppenwolf, among others.

Ziolkowski, Theodore, ed. Hesse: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1973. Essays on Hesse by Thomas Mann, Andre Gide, and Martin Buber, among others, with a valuable introduction by the editor.

Ziolkowski, Theodore. The Novels of Hermann Hesse. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965. Analyses of the novels from Demian to The Glass Bead Game, including Siddhartha and Steppenwolf.



Peter Camenzind (1904) A youthful novel of a young man's rejection of the world for the life of a nature hermit.

Beneath the Wheel (German Unterm Rad, 1906) Fictionalized version of Hesse's schoolboy life, a harsh picture of the educational system.

Gertrud (1910) The first of Hesse's "artist novels," in which two friends, a composer and a singer, love the same woman, also a musician.

Rosshalde (1914) A second "artist novel," this one of a painter struggling with an unhappy marriage.

Knulp (1915) Three tales of a charming homeless rogue.

Demian: The Story of a Youth (1919) Hesse's first novel after his psychoanalysis, signed by the pen name Emil Sinclair. Story of growing up in a southern German town like Hesse's boyhood home.

Narcissus and Goldmund (German Narziss und Goldmund, 1930) An "artist novel," the story of a sculptor in a medieval monastery.

The Journey to the East (German Die Morgenlandfahrt, 1932) A short novel of a fantastic journey through time as well as space, with historical (Plato, Tolstoy) and fictional (Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy) companions, among them Hesse's own Siddhartha, Vasudeva, and Pablo disguised as Mozart.

The Glass Bead Game, also translated as Magister Ludi (German Das Glasperlenspiel, 1943) Hesse's last novel takes place in a utopian enclave of artists and intellectuals, in a mythical land of the future called Castalia.


Autobiographical Writings Edited and with an introduction by Theodore Ziolkowski. Translated by Denver Lindley. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1972.

My Belief: Essays on Life and Art Edited and with an introduction by Theodore Ziolkowski. Translated by Denver Lindley and Ralph Manheim. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1974.

Poems Selected and translated by James Wright. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1970.

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