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Hermann Hesse is the most widely read of all modern German authors, not only in his own country, but worldwide. During the 1960s he became something of a cult figure with the Hippie generation, but his popularity has not waned, and he is still read widely by young people in Germany and elsewhere. He has been called der letzte Ritter der Romantik, and the romantic impulse remained important in his work, though other influences were also strongly developed, notably a fascination with Buddhism and oriental wisdom, and a profound interest in modern psycho-analysis. He was born in Württemberg in 1877, but in 1919 he moved to Montagnola in the Ticino (Tessin) area of Switzerland, and in 1923 he took Swiss nationality.
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