Hymn to Old Age

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Pushkin Press, Aug 31, 2012 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
From the author of Steppenwolf and The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse's Hymn to Old Age (Mit der Reife wird man immer jünger) is a collection of his most beautiful short works, including intimate memories of his final years. Hermann Hesse not only lived well into his eighties, but as a compulsive writer he also kept a record through his notebooks, letters, stories, poems and novels of his reactions to every phase of life that he passed through. This anthology traces his thoughts and experiences over several decades, capturing the problems, delights and very frequently the humour of old age. Shining through all these literary gems is a deep love of life, an acceptance of death, and an exhilaratingly youthfulness that Hesse himself would argue is characteristic only of the very young and the very old.

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About the author (2012)

Hermann Hesse was born in Württemberg, Germany in 1877. His resentment towards his pious and repressive upbringing caused great difficulties in his studies, but ultimately lead to his determination to be "a writer or nothing else". Hesse and his writing were greatly influenced by his travels to Asia and through his personal acquaintance with psychoanalyst Carl Jung. In 1946 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for The Glass Bead Game, the last of Hesse’s novels to explore an individual’s search for authenticity and self-knowledge. The author died in 1962 in Montagnola, Switzerland.


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