Hermann Hesse

1877 - 1962

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Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛʁman ˈhɛsə] (listen); 2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hermann Hesse has received more than 2,412,307 page views. His biography is available in 106 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 101 in 2019). Hermann Hesse is the 42nd most popular writer, the 30th most popular biography from Germany (down from 28th in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Writer.

Hermann Hesse is most famous for his book, "Demian: The Story of a Youth," which was published in 1919.

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Among writers, Hermann Hesse ranks 42 out of 5,794. Before him are Anne Frank, George Orwell, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stendhal, Alexandre Dumas, and Thomas Mann. After him are Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Giacomo Casanova, Denis Diderot, Simone de Beauvoir, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Among people born in 1877, Hermann Hesse ranks 1After him are Isadora Duncan, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Hjalmar Schacht, Wilhelm Frick, G. H. Hardy, Frederick Soddy, Charles Glover Barkla, Edgar Cayce, Muhammad Iqbal, Francis William Aston, and Joan Gamper. Among people deceased in 1962, Hermann Hesse ranks 3Before him are Marilyn Monroe and Niels Bohr. After him are Eleanor Roosevelt, Adolf Eichmann, William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Yves Klein, Georges Bataille, and Arthur Compton.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Hermann Hesse ranks 30 out of 5,289. Before him are Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Anne Frank (1929), Robert Schumann (1810), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Martin Heidegger (1889), and Thomas Mann (1875). After him are Johannes Kepler (1571), Erwin Rommel (1891), Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Bertolt Brecht (1898), and Karl Dönitz (1891).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Hermann Hesse ranks 4Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749), Anne Frank (1929), and Thomas Mann (1875). After him are Friedrich Schiller (1759), Bertolt Brecht (1898), Charles Bukowski (1920), Heinrich Heine (1797), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Heinrich Böll (1917), Novalis (1772), and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729).