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Johanna Spyri
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant

Originally published way back in 1881, Spyri’s novel about a young girl who goes to live in the Alps with her grandfather has become a beloved children’s classic and one of the best-selling books of all time. When Heidi’s aunt conspires to move her to town, the young protagonist fights to get back to the grandfather and mountain life she loves.

Project Gutenberg


Herman Hesse
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant

Although I wasn’t a fan of this book (or Hesse’s other “masterpiece,” Steppenwolf), I recognize that it’s considered a classic in many cultures — in Switzerland and Germany, both of who claim the author as their own, and in Nepal and India, where the story, which prominently features Buddha and Buddhism, takes place. Several well-known music artists (Yes, Pete Townshend, Nick Drake) have written songs based on the book, so maybe you need a musical ear to get Hesse.

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