The Best Tales of Hoffmann
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The Best Tales of Hoffmann

by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Release date: 1967
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, short stories
Tags: translation

Edited with an introduction by E. F. Bleiler.

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.

Contents:

  • 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
  • The King's Betrothed

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.

(updated 2018-05-22)

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