"It is pleasant to sit at a strong table, a sound roof over one's head, a dependable wine to drink, a large and well-filled lamp burning, and in the next room, door open, a woman playing the piano, selections from Chopin. But suddenly I wonder: Are you really happy?" Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse was always obsessed with the idea that the open road ...
"It is pleasant to sit at a strong table, a sound roof over one's head, a dependable wine to drink, a large and well-filled lamp burning, and in the next room, door open, a woman playing the piano, selections from Chopin. But suddenly I wonder: Are you really happy?" Hermann Hesse Hermann Hesse was always obsessed with the idea that the open road offers freedom. Many times he would put on his hat and go striding out into the night, with no definite idea of where he wanted to go. The "allure of the horizon" was always tugging at him. Knulp was Hesse's poetic tramp who took to the open road in his place. Knulp is the eternal drifter, a true drop-out of an earlier time. Originally published in Germany in 1915, Knulp was Hermann Hesse's most popular book in the years before he published Demian. During the 1950's, the book was influential on Jack Kerouac author of "On the Road" and "The Dharma Bums" as well as other Beat Generation authors. During the 1960s and 1970's, Hesse became a cult figure among young American readers and in 1968 the Californian rock group Steppenwolf, which was named after Hesse's other classic, released "Born to be Wild," which was featured in the film Easy Rider.
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