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Hesse, Hermann (Edited by Theodore Ziolkowski & Translated by Ralph Manheim and Denver Lindley). STORIES OF FIVE DECADES. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1972. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 328 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the greatest collections of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Franklin Mint edition. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents twenty-three of Hermann Hesse's finest and most representative short stories in one handsome volume. Except for three of them, all appear in English translation for the very first time. "Traces Hesse's development from the aestheticism of his youth through the realism and surrealism of the next decades to the classicism of his old age. The greatest surprise is to see how faithful he remained to his essential self from first to last. Even as he tests and discards literary modes, he consistently rejects external 'reality' for the sake of an inner world created by imagination. A rewarding display of the full range of his storytelling as it blossomed over a lifetime" (Publisher's blurb). In various, compelling guises, "in these pages we encounter once again Emil Sinclair, Siddhartha, Harry Haller, Goldmund, and Joseph Knecht" (Theodore Ziolkowski). An absolute "must-have" title for Hermann Hesse collectors. This title has been out-of-print for more than forty years and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most copies available online have major flaws but are priced as though they had collectible value. A very scarce copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. . ISBN 0374270503. $80.00

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