Hermann Karl Hesse (2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962) was a German-born poet, novelist, and painter. He was born in Calw in the Black Forest. His best-known works include Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddharta and The Glass Bead Game, each of which are still worth reading today-. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in literature. Nowadays he overlooks his hometown from the bridge across the river Nagold.