• Artists' lives seem to hold special meaning for clarifying their work, and Freedman says that Hesse's life helps us understand his writing.
• Having been raised by missionaries, Hesse made himself world famous.
• His work was popular in the 1940s while he was alive and then again in the 60s after he died.
Chapter 1, pgs. 15-36
• Hesse was one of four grandchildren of a Pietist missionary to India. His parents were both writers.
• Hesse was seen as a difficult child, and he was sent away.
• He identified with Swabian-Swiss culture more than with the Indian influence of his grandfather.
Chapter 1, pgs. 37-56
• Hesse decided at age thirteen that he wanted to be a writer. However, he was groomed for the seminary, which he ran away from.
• Hesse kept running away from school and then his apprenticeship until he took an apprenticeship at a Tubingen bookshop.
Chapter 2, pgs. 57-87
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