Weird Tales by E. T. A. Hoffmann
(Volumes I and II): 1-2

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Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffman, (the A in his pen name stands for Amadeus, out of admiration for Mozart), was one of the most influential German writers in his time. He is credited with instigating the Romantic movement, creating the first detective story, introducing themes of the supernatural and psychological abnormality to the literary world, and inspiring many eminent writers and composers. Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker" is based on his "Nutcracker and Mouse King". Hoffmann had a taste for the macabre, lending to tales that interweave fantasy with realism. This collection of stories, his "Weird Tales", includes "Mademoiselle de Scudéri," the story of an illusive master goldsmith who will go to violent lengths to not be parted from his creations; "Signor Formica," the hilarious tale of the famous Italian artist Salvator Rosa and his assistance in the marriage of two friends; "The Sand-man" and many others. All told this edition brings together the eleven tales contained in volumes one and two of Hoffmann's "Weird Tales".

 

About E. T. A. Hoffmann

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E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) worked in the Prussian civil service before becoming one of the most popular fiction writers of his time.Alexandre Dumas père (1802-1870), one of nineteenth-century France's most prolific novelists, is best known for his historical novels that began with The Three Musketeers.Joachim Neugroschel has won three PEN translation awards and the French- American translation prize.Jack Zipes is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota.
 
Published October 21, 2011 by Digireads.com. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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