Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a German Nobel Prize
winning author. His works were extremely popular in the 1960s, to the extent of being called the "Hesse Torrent." He received the Nobel Prize in 1946 for his Magnum Opus
, The Glass Bead Game
. His books are often metaphysical in nature and deal with a search for self-knowledge and understanding, especially where faith is concerned.Works include:
- Peter Camenzind
- Beneath the Wheel
- Narcissus and Goldmund
- Journey to the East
- The Glass Bead Game, originally published as Magister Ludi.
- Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse
Hermann Hesse's books provide examples of:
- All Myths Are True: Pilgrims in the Journey to the East experience history, religion, legend, fantasy and normal reality all blending into one.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Hermine in Steppenwolf.
- Author Avatar: You'll find the initials H.H. a lot in Hesse's work.
- Betty and Veronica: In Gertrude, Gertrude is Archie, to Kuhn's Betty and Muoth's Veronica.
- Bishounen: Demian is described as having a never-aging female-looking face, and is considered a very attractive guy.
- The Black Death: In Narcissus and Goldmund
- Burn the Witch!
- Calvinball: How exactly the Glass Bead Game goes is never fully explained....
- Casanova Wannabe: Emil
- The Charmer: Goldmund, of Narcissus and Goldmund. Demian and his mother, in lesser degree, are charmers too.
- Child Prodigy: Often a deconstruction, as in Beneath the Wheel.
- The Drifter: Knulp
- Eccentric Mentor
- Even the Girls Want Her: At one point, Hermine from Steppenwolf seduces a young woman, notably not in her androgynous attire.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Kamala in Siddhartha.
- Ineffectual Loner: Harry in Steppenwolf.
- Innocence Lost: The beginning of Demian.
- King Incognito: In The Journey to the East, the servant Leo turns out to be the President of the League.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: In Demian, Frau Eva (Demian's mother) is described as having male features alongside feminine cues.
- Mentor Archetype
- Stacy's Mom: Sinclair is immediately smitten with Demian's mother.
- The Muse: Gertrude to Kuhn, and Demian has one too.
- The Order: The League in The Journey to the East.
- The Plague: Very relevant to Narcissus and Goldmund.
- Riddle for the Ages: What, exactly, did Demian to Sinclair's bully?
- Troubled Child