Books: Prizewinner

STEPPENWOLF (309 pp.)—Hermann Hesse—Holt ($2.75).

The surprise award of the 1946 Nobel literary prize to an old German named Hermann Hesse will seem more of a surprise to those who read this book of his. Steppenwolf (The Wolf of the Steppes), first printed in Germany in 1927 and in the U.S. in 1929, has long been out of print, and is now brought out again to cash in on the Nobel publicity. It is a repellent example of that beery old thing, German Romanticism, being sick in the last ditch before Naziism.

Steppenwolf tells the...

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