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When was Hermann Hesse arrested for ‘seducing a young girl’?

The reason behind this strange quote is given nicely in the Introduction to Autobiographical Writings. Hesse is writing a "fictional autobiography", extrapolating how his future life would ...
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Is Mephistopheles Faust's first encounter with the otherwordly?

Faust is an experienced practitioner. "Drum hab ich mich der Magie ergeben" suggests an ongoing activity, and it would be a bit odd if his first successful spell was one that forced the ...
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Why are the prisoners that have become too weak to work referred to as "Moslems" by the Nazi guards?

This usage is not confined to just Frankl. For example, Jean Amery in his memoir At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and its Realities noted that this was the term used ...
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When was Hermann Hesse arrested for ‘seducing a young girl’?

Hesse wrote "Kurzgefasster Lebenslauf" in 1925, well before he turned 70. That anecdote is part of a future he imagines for himself. A few pages before he presented the event in question, he ...
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How did Hitler get the idea for the title “My Struggle”?

According to Richard Cohen in the New York Times: Its original title was "A Four-and-a-Half-Year Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice," but Hitler's publisher, Max Amann of Franz ...
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Are the events in Thomas Bernhard’s “Correction” autobiographical?

Thomas Bernhard had two half-siblings, Peter and Susanna (Susi). While Peter trained as a doctor, and became Bernhard's personal physician for the final decade of his life, I am not aware of a ...
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Where else did Rilke mention John on Patmos?

Martina King's article "'Pathmos ist eine dürre Insel': briefliche Selbst-Fiktionalisierung beim späten Rilke", contained in the collection Rilkes Korrespondenzen, mentions the following ...
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