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Tubingen is a large town in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg in southwestern Germany. It is located 19 miles south of the state capital, Stuttgart, between the Neckar and Ammer Rivers.

There is evidence of settlement here dating back tot he 12th millenium BC. There was a small Roman outpost here around 85 AD, and the town itself was founded in the 6th Century.

Today, the town is known for its typically German architecture, downtown area, university, high population of students, and riverfront.


People Born in Tubingen

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Tubingen in People's Lives

Hermann Hesse: I came here in October of 1895, at the age of 19, to begin a bookseller's apprenticeship. The bookstore specialized in theology, law, and philology. My tasks included organizing, packing, and archiving, and I would work for 12 hours a day. I spent my all of free time and weekends reading, and became more widely read during this time. In 1896, I published some poetry, and recieved a fan letter from a young lady who later in the year married a publisher. At the request of his wife, the man agreed to publish my first book, One Hour After Midnight, in 1898. However, this was a failure, and few copies sold. I began to meet more people of my own age, and attend literary gatherings, but often found that my lack of university schooling (and the fact that most of the people my age were students) made me an outsider, and I always felt out of place among them. I was also shocked when my mother wrote me, expressing disapproval over my recent poetry, which she called "sinful" and too secular. This deeply discouraged me. Despite the failure of my book, by 1898 I had saved up enough money to be completely financially independant from my parents. I moved to Basel in 1899 to work at a more prestigious bookshop.

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