Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) wanted to be „either a poet or nothing“ as a child. Today he is the most widely read author in the German language worldwide. Alois Prinz tells Hesse’s life, about his childhood in the Swabian town of Calw, the crises on the way to growing up, about his commitment in the world and his retreat to a village in Ticino. But Prinz also shows the unknown Hesse, „the staunchest rebel in German literature,“ as Marcel Reich-Ranicki called him.
Hermann Hesse had his own garden for about half of his life. This „horticultural mock work“ was, as he said, his „refuge from the world of paper.“ She was also helpful in spinning fantasy threads, for meditation and contemplation. The most beautiful of these descriptions, from the 1908 contemplation „In the Garden“ to the famous hexameter idyll „Hours in the Garden“, are summarized for the first time in our volume with numerous photos and watercolors by the poet.