The Tales Of Hoffmann

Paperback | August 26, 1982

byErnst Theodor HoffmanTranslated byR. J. HollingdaleIntroduction byR. J. Hollingdale

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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.

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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 Natha...

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Eight of Hoffmann’s best and best-known tales are retold in this collection —among them "Mademoiselle de Scudery,’’ "Doge and Dogeressa," and "The Sandman," which forms the basis for the first half of Offenbach’s opera.

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 Austr...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.76 × 5.08 × 0.8 inPublished:August 26, 1982Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140443924

ISBN - 13:9780140443929

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Tales of HoffmanIntroduction

Mademoiselle de Scudery
The Sandman
The Artushof
Councillor Krespel
The Entail
Doge and Dogaressa
The Mines at Falun
The Choosing of the Bride