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My Belief: Essays on Life and Art is a collection of essays by Hermann Hesse. The essays, written between 1904 and 1961, were originally published in German, either individually or in various collections between 1951 and 1973. This collection in English was first published in 1976, edited by Theodore Ziolkowski.
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Published 1976 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 1971)
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Derrick
If you like Hesse, you'll love this collection of essays.
Lachwhip
I've spent the last six weeks slowly reading through Herman Hesse's My Belief; a collection of essays, reviews and letters from the author of Steppenwolf, Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund. I had high expectations for this book having been a huge fan of most of Hesse's work, and I was not disappointed.

Hesse's thought gravitates towards the universal and the spiritual. Each letter and essay delves into some of the deepest realms of human thought - the quest self-knowledge, psychology, mystici...more
anthony e.
While I thoroughly enjoy Hermann Hesse's writings (those that I've imbibed so far), this work gives me little to be excited about. There are a few moments in a couple of the essays (the one on the soul is particularly good), most of them border on a kind of self-indulgence that isn't especially attractive. In addition, many of the references are too esoteric for the casual reader, making some essays nearly in accessible.

Perhaps in a few years I could come back to this, and find more to engage my...more
Carlos Burga
I found this book incredibly eye opening because although almost all of Hesse’s prose is extremely autobiographic, to the point of making the reader feel as though on knows Hesse personally, his non-fiction writing is very different and presents a side of Hesse that is not normally seen, that of an intellectual. As a result, while several of the essays were fascinating, some others were unfortunately a tad bit on the dull side.
Quentin
Interesting collection of essays by the German novelist/philosopher.
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside society.

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