Weird Tales

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The Floating Press, Jul 1, 2011 - Fiction - 708 pages
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E.T.A. Hoffmann was a gifted German author and composer whose most well-known work was a fantasy tale entitled "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," which inspired Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. Hoffmann also wrote dozens of tales dealing with the uncanny and the supernatural; this collection brings together a group of his most spine-chilling short works.
 

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Contents

The Cremona Violin
4
The Fermata
30
Signor Formica
53
The SandMan
151
The Entail
192
Arthurs Hall
282
The Doge and Dogess
315
Master Martin the Cooper and His Journeyman
371
Mademoiselle de Scudéri
438
Gamblers Luck
519
Master Johannes Wacht
554
Biographical Notice
611
Endnotes
674
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German writer, composer, and painter ErnstTheodor Amadeus Hoffman was born in Konigsberg, Prussia in 1776. After beginning a career in the law, Hoffman turned to music, working as a conductor, music director, and critic, and later composing a ballet, an opera, and other works. He established himself as a writer with the four-volume story collection Phatasiestucke in Callier Manier (Fantasy Stories in the Manner of Callot), which was published in 1814-1815. Even though he published several novels and story collections, including Nachtstucke (Hoffman's Strange Stories, 1817) and Die Serapionsbruder (The Serapion Brethren, 1819-1821), Hoffman continued to support himself as a legal official in Berlin. This struggle between artistry and bureaucracy is played out in many of his works. Hoffman died of progressive paralysis in 1822.

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