Hermann Hesse

1877 - 1962

Photo of Hermann Hesse

Icon of person Hermann Hesse

Hermann Karl Hesse (German: [ˈhɛʁman ˈhɛsə] (listen); 2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a German-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 3,122,543 page views. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). Hermann Hesse is the 39th most popular writer (up from 42nd in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 30th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Writer.

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

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.1M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 81.43

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 108

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 12.92

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.58

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Page views of Hermann Hesses by language


Among writers, Hermann Hesse ranks 39 out of 5,755Before him are Alexandre Dumas, Aeschylus, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Alexander Pushkin, and Marcel Proust. After him are Denis Diderot, Friedrich Schiller, Lord Byron, Jane Austen, Aristophanes, and Euripides.

Most Popular Writers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1877, Hermann Hesse ranks 1After him are Isadora Duncan, Hjalmar Schacht, Felix Dzerzhinsky, Wilhelm Frick, Frederick Soddy, Francis William Aston, Joan Gamper, Charles Glover Barkla, Muhammad Iqbal, Louis Renault, and Edgar Cayce. Among people deceased in 1962, Hermann Hesse ranks 2Before him is Marilyn Monroe. After him are Niels Bohr, Adolf Eichmann, Eleanor Roosevelt, William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, Yves Klein, and Arthur Compton.

Others Born in 1877

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1962

Go to all Rankings

In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Hermann Hesse ranks 32 out of 6,142Before him are Frederick the Great (1712), Johannes Brahms (1833), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Max Planck (1858), Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), and Martin Heidegger (1889). After him are Karl Dönitz (1891), Robert Schumann (1810), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Erwin Rommel (1891), Hermann Göring (1893), and Pope Benedict XVI (1927).

Among WRITERS In Germany

Among writers born in Germany, Hermann Hesse ranks 3Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749) and Anne Frank (1929). After him are Friedrich Schiller (1759), Bertolt Brecht (1898), Thomas Mann (1875), Heinrich Heine (1797), Charles Bukowski (1920), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Heinrich Böll (1917), Novalis (1772), and Friedrich Hölderlin (1770).