What Do I Read Next?
The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) is the seminal text on dream theory by Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Hesse was familiar with the theories of Freud and considered him a strong influence.
Dreams (1974) is a selection of writings about dreams by Carl Jung, one of the fathers of psychoanalytic theory. Hesse was a psychoanalytic patient of Jung, and Demian was written in part as an expression of the effect Jung had on him.
The Magic Mountain (1924) is one of the bestknown novels by Thomas Mann, a friend and fellow German writer to Hesse. The Magic Mountain is about a young man’s experiences in a tuberculosis sanitarium in the mountains.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), by Erich Maria Remarque, is a now-classic narrative based on the experiences of a German soldier in World War I.
The Complete Stories (1983) of Franz Kafka includes many masterpieces by an author whom Hesse regarded as one of his major influences. Some of Kafka’s most celebrated stories include “Metamorphosis” and “The Hunger Artist.”
Siddhartha (1922) is one of Hesse’s most celebrated novels. It tells the story of the early life of Buddha.
Magister Ludi: The Glass Bead Game (1943) is one of Hesse’s most celebrated novels. It takes place in the future in an elite community of intellectuals and scholars.
In The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (1995), the author combines elements of Eastern religion and European folktales to create original stories relevant to the modern world.
German Expressionism (1997), edited by Stephanie Barron and Wolf-Dieter Dube, provides images of German expressionist paintings as well as discussion of German expressionism in drama, music, film, and architecture.
The German Empire, 1870–1918 (2000), by Michael Stürmer, offers a social and political history of Germany during the era of the German Empire.