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E.T.A. Hoffmann - book author

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, better known by his pen name E. T. A. Hoffmann (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann), was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach's famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears (heavily fictionalized) as the hero. He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the famous ballet The Nutcracker is based. The ballet Coppélia is based on two other stories that Hoffmann wrote, while Schumann's Kreisleriana is based on Hoffmann's character Johannes Kreisler.

Hoffmann's stories were very influential during the 19th century, and he is one of the major authors of the Romantic movement.

E.T.A. Hoffmann is the author of books: Nutcracker, Der Sandmann, Tales of Hoffmann, Das Fräulein von Scuderi, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, The Devil's Elixirs, Der goldne Topf, The Golden Pot and Other Tales, Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober, Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker

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The tale of Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers, and audiences for almost two hundred years. It has retained its freshness because it appeals to the sense of wonder we all share.

Maurice Sendak designed brilliant sets and costumes for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Christmas production of Nutcracker and has created even more magnificent pictures especially for this book. He has joined with the eminent translator Ralph Manheim to produce this illustrated edition of Hoffmann's wonderful tale, destined to become a classic for all ages.

The world of Nutcracker is a world of pleasures. Maurice Sendak's art illuminates the delights of Hoffmann's story in this rich and tantalizing treasure.
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Unter Hoffmanns Werken hat Der Sandmann das weitaus größte Interesse gefunden. Sein Grundproblem ist die Selbstverfallenheit des Menschen, der aus dem Gefängnis seines Ichs nicht mehr herausfindet, deshalb in seinen Lebensbeziehungen, vor allem in seiner Liebesbindung tragisch scheitert und am Ende sich selbst zerstören muß.
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Spät um Mitternacht - es mochte im Herbste des Jahres 1680 sein - wurde an dieses Haus hart und heftig angeschlagen, daß es im ganzen Flur laut widerhallte. - Baptiste, der in des Fräuleins kleinem Haushalt Koch, Bedienten und Türsteher zugleich vorstellte, war mit Erlaubnis seiner Herrschaft über Land gegangen zur Hochzeit seiner Schwester, und so kam es, daß die Martinière, des Fräuleins Kammerfrau, allein im Hause noch wachte. Sie hörte die wiederholten Schläge, es fiel ihr ein, daß Baptiste fortgegangen und sie mit dein Fräulein ohne weitern Schutz im Hause geblieben sei; aller Frevel von Einbruch, Diebstahl und Mord, wie er jemals in Paris verübt worden, kam ihr in den Sinn, es wurde ihr gewiß, daß irgend ein Haufen Meuter, von der Einsamkeit des Hauses unterrichtet, da draußen tobe und, eingelassen, ein böses Vorhaben gegen die Herrschaft ausführen wolle...
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It was E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) who first explored many of the themes and techniques which were later used by writers from Dickens to Dostoyevsky, Poe to Kafka, Baudelaire to Marquez. His career reached a glorious climax in The Tomcat Murr, perhaps the strangest novel of the nineteenth century.. "Hoffmann was a follower of Cervantes and Sterne, a pioneering 'magic realist', fascinated by Gothic horror, extreme mental states and supernatural events occurring within sharply (and sometimes satirically) rendered social settings. A talented composer and painter, he portrayed himself in the guise of Johannes Kreisler - the hypochondriac, antisocial and moody but brilliant musician. In this astonishing book, a vain and very bourgeois tomcat sets out to write his memoirs, using a biography of Kreisler as a blotting pad. By a printer's error, the two lives get spliced together into a bizarre double narrative. A supreme example of literary bravado, The Tomcat Murr is also shot through with the warmth, humanity and almost uncanny ability to captivate his readers which make Hoffmann the greatest of German story-tellers.
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The charismatic monk Medardus becomes implicated in a deadly mystery against his will. As he travels towards Rome he wrestles with the enigma of his own identity while pursued by his murderous doppelganger. The monk's only hope for salvation lies with the beautiful Aurelie; but in order to escape the curse which lies over his family, he must evade the sinister powers of the living and the dead. In this lively and disturbing gothic tale, Hoffmann combines elements of the fantastic and the sublime to analyse the seductive ambiguities of art and the deeply divided nature of the human imagination.
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Der goldne Topf, Hoffmanns »Märchen aus der neuen Zeit«, spielt virtuos mit den Ebenen des Wunderbaren und des Bürgerlich-Philiströsen. Der Weg des Studenten Anselmus von Dresden nach Atlantis wird phantasievoll-humoristisch erzählt und zugleich ironisch reflektiert. Seit langem und mit Recht gilt der Märchenroman als ein Höhepunkt romantischer Erzählkunst.
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Hoffmann, among the greatest and most popular of the German Romantics, is renowned for his humorous and sometimes horrifying tales of supernatural beings. This selection, while stressing the variety of his work, focuses on those stories in which the real and the supernatural are brought into contact and conflict. This new translation includes The Golden Pot, The Sandman, Princess Brambilla, Master Flea, and My Cousin's Corner Window.
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Nachdem im Reich die Aufklärung eingeführt wurde ist die Poesie verboten und die Feen sind des Landes verwiesen. Darum versteckt sich die Fee Rosabelverde in einem Damenstift. Als sie dem häßlichen, mißgestalteten Bauernkind Zaches über das Haar streicht verleiht sie ihm damit die Eigenschaft, stets für einen hübschen und klugen Menschen gehalten zu werden, dem die Taten, die seine Zeitgenossen in seiner Gegenwart vollbringen, als seine eigenen angerechnet werden.