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Subject: English: Literature & Writing

The Biographies Series: Literature

6 of 51 programs from The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in Literature. (1 program available in Spanish.) Other focus areas in the series include: History; Performing Click for more

Hermann Hesse's Long Summer

Hesse's Long Summer, Hermann

"Highly Recommended! This moving documentary is filled with photos and video clips of Hesse's intense yet simple attempt to find meaning in his life. He indicated in his writings that his life had two pursuits: the need for solitude, and the need to communicate. To meet his need for solitude, he spent much of his life in the remote village of Montagnola, Switzerland. To meet his need to communicate, his house became a major asylum for German-born artists during the Nazi regime in Germany, as well as the many admirers of his works throughout his life. Hesse liked the simple life of gardening and pulling weeds, and stated in his letters that he found most of his inspiration during this type of work; he answered over 35,000 letters during his lifetime, part of his need to communicate with others; he also dabbled with painting and artwork, which is featured throughout the program." -EMRO Review
The German-born writer Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946 for what is considered his masterpiece, The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel), which, ironically, was his last major work. Previously, he had achieved great fame with three novels, Demian in 1919, Siddhartha in 1922, and Steppenwolf in 1927. This documentary, which was filmed on-location in Montagnola, Switzerland, where he lived much of his life, focuses on the soul of the writer and includes commentary taken from the writer's autobiography and covers many personal aspects of the writer's life. Also we meet the writer's two sons, his editor, and the doctor who treated Hesse during his final years in Ticino. Produced by TSI, Inc. 97/10DE SCA 55 min.





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