The Best Tales of Hoffmann
E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) was perhaps one of the two or three greatest of all writers of fantasy. His wonderful tales, translated into many languages and adapted into numerous stage works, have delighted readers for a century and a half.
They open our eyes to an extraordinary world of fantasy, poetry, and the supernatural. Remarkable characters come vividly to life. With exciting speed, Hoffmann moves from the firm ground of reality to ambiguity, mystery, and romance. His imaginativeness is unsurpassed, and his handling of allegory, symbolism, and mysticism is unusually skillful. These qualities make his tales some of the most stimulating and enjoyable in the world's literature. They can be read on many levels of enjoyment; as exciting fiction brilliantly told, as a fascinating statement of many of the major concerns of the Romantic era, and as a culmination of German Romantic literature.
This collection contains ten of his best tales: "The Golden Flower Pot," "Automata," "A New Year's Eve Adventure," "Nutcracker and the King of Mice," "The Sand-Man," "Rath Krespel," "Tobias Martin, Master Cooper, and His Men," "The Mines of Falun," "Signor Formica," and "The King's Betrothed."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Neutiquam_Erro - LibraryThing
Hoffman is an undiscovered genius - mad perhaps - but definitely a genius. Of course, he was quite well known in the Nineteenth Century, garnering a well-deserved reputation as a writer of bizarre ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - praymont - LibraryThing
Some of Hoffmann's tales from the early 1800's anticipate more recent fiction involving automata. E.g., in The Sandman, a character falls in love with Olimpia, whom he then discovers to be a robot ... Read full review
A New Years Eve Adventure
Nutcracker and the King of Mice
Tobias Martin Master Cooper and his Men
The Mines of Falun
The Kings Betrothed