A lifelong narcissist, Hesse pursued relief from his own worries more than anything else. (…) The former Harvard psychologist and LSD evangelist Timothy Leary canonised Hesse as a “master-guide” to psychedelia, and advised his disciples: “Before your LSD session, read Siddhartha and Steppenwolf.” Yet apart from a lifelong addiction to wine and tobacco, Hesse had no interest in drugs.

John Gray „How Hermann Hesse became a hero of the Sixties counterculture