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The Tales of Hoffmann
     

The Tales of Hoffmann

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by Ernst Theodor Hoffman, R. J. Hollingdale (Translator), Stella Humphries, Vernon Humphries
 

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A lawyer by day and a creator of a world of fantasy by night, Hoffman (1776-1822) lived a Jekyll and Hyde existence. Many of the characters in his stories are subject to a similar split personality.
 
The duality of his nature is frequently reflected in some of his characters—Cardillac the goldsmith in Mademoiselle de Scudéry and

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A lawyer by day and a creator of a world of fantasy by night, Hoffman (1776-1822) lived a Jekyll and Hyde existence. Many of the characters in his stories are subject to a similar split personality.
 
The duality of his nature is frequently reflected in some of his characters—Cardillac the goldsmith in Mademoiselle de Scudéry and Nathaniel in The Sandman, for example. Cardillac is a virtuous, industrious man by day but a violent criminal at night, while Nathaniel, obsessed by a childhood fantasy, is driven to madness and cruelty.
 
These tales can be read on several levels: as an expression of the concerns of the Romantic era, as impressive examples of German Romantic literature and as exciting works of fiction made all the more extraordinary by their concern with the supernatural and the bizarre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140443929
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1982
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
544,831
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

R. J. Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche’s books and published two books about him. He has also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for the Penguin Classics. He is Honorary President of the British Nietzsche Society, and was for the Australian academic year 1991 Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne.
R. J. Hollingdale has translated eleven of Nietzsche’s books and published two books about him. He has also translated works by, among others, Schopenhauer, Goethe, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Lichtenberg and Theodor Fontane, many of these for the Penguin Classics. He is Honorary President of the British Nietzsche Society, and was for the Australian academic year 1991 Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne.

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The Tales of Hoffmann 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is a truly astonishing collection of Tales. For anybody remotely interested in how far the boundaries of fiction can be stretched this book is essential. Hoffmann constantly takes your breath away with his macabre, hilarious imagination & the sheer audacity of his execution. Anybody who has a capacity for fantasy will absolutely adore these uniquely gripping stories.