E. T. A. Hoffmann

Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Amadeus

Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (ĕrnst tā´ōdōr ämädā´ŏŏs hôf´män), 1776–1822, German romantic novelist and composer, a lawyer. At one time an opera composer and musical director at Bamberg and a gifted music critic, he is most famous as a master of the gothic tale. His stories of madness, grotesquerie, horror, and the supernatural include Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier (1814–15), Die Serapionsbrüder (1819–21, tr. The Serapion Brethren, 1886–92), Die Elixiere des Teufels (1815–16, tr. The Devil's Elixir, 1824–26), and Lebensansichten des Katers Murr (1820–22, tr. Kater Murr, the Educated Cat, 1892). Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker (1892) and Offenbach's opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann (1881) [the Tales of Hoffmann] are based on his stories. His writings greatly influenced the composer Schumann.

See his Selected Writings (1969); studies by K. Negus (1965), H. W. Hewett-Thayer (1948, repr. 1971), H. S. Daemmrich (1973), and J. M. McGlathery (4 vol., 1981).

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E. T. A. Hoffmann: Selected full-text books and articles

The Golden Pot and Other Tales By E. T. A. Hoffmann; Ritchie Robertson Oxford University Press, 2000
The Russian Hoffmannists By Charles E. Passage Mouton, 1963
Edgar Allan Poe and E. T. A. Hoffmann: The Double in "William Wilson" and the Devil's Elixirs By Labriola, Patrick International Fiction Review, Vol. 29, No. 1-2, January 2002
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Composed Composers: Subjectivity in E. T. A. Hoffmann's "Rat Krespel" By Kumbier, William Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 43, No. 2, Summer 2004
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The Doppelganger: Double Visions in German Literature By Andrew J. Webber Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Hoffmann's Chronic Dualisms"
Ethics and Aesthetics in European Modernist Literature: From the Sublime to the Uncanny By David Ellison Cambridge University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of E. T. A. Hoffmann begins on p. 59
Gothic Writers: A Critical and Bibliographical Guide By Douglass H. Thomson; Jack G. Voller; Frederick S. Frank Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of E. T. A. Hoffmann begins on p. 177
Myths of Poesis, Hermeneusis, and Psychogenesis: Hoffmann, Tagore, and Gilman By Smith, Lansing Evans Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring 1997
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