Will Durant (1885 - 1981) was an American writer, philosopher and historian. He became best known for the work "The Story of Civilization", 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) German-born poet, novelist, and painter. Much of his writings explores the individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.