Hermann Hesse Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Hermann Hesse Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Despite a literary career that, if measured by quantity of literary output or by size of readership, was enormously successful, Hermann Hesse has not been numbered among the luminaries of twentieth century German literature. There are two primary reasons for this critical assessment: First, Hesse’s prose is simply too readable and discursive to be considered profound; second, Hesse’s limited and recurring themes remain, in their many novelistic permutations, rather juvenile and solipsistic in nature. This may well explain the fact that Hesse’s readership has always been primarily a young one.

Hesse was among the first European writers to undergo psychoanalysis, and it was his fascination with the self that, from...

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