Hesse - Hesse's second successful novel, Unterm Rad (...

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Unformatted text preview: Hesse's second successful novel, Unterm Rad ( Beneath the Wheel ), was published in 1906, followed by Gertrud in 1910 and Rosshalde in 1914. The latter work strongly depicts the plight of the temperamental artist and his wife. Meanwhile, Hesse had become associated with the pacifist Romain Rolland and had been writing numerous essays against the growing nationalism of the German people. Many of these writings have been translated into English and are available in a volume entitled If the War Goes On . . . The publication of Knulp in 1915 includes three stories about the life of a colorful vagabond. A turning point in Hesse's life occurred in 1916, when his father's death, coupled with the illnesses of his son Martin and his wife, forced Hermann to seek refuge in a Lucerne sanatorium. His condemnation by his native Germany for his pacifistic views probably compounded his already...
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