E.T.A. Hoffmann


Born
in Königsberg (Prussia), Germany
January 24, 1776

Died
June 25, 1822

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Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, better known by his pen name E. T. A. Hoffmann (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann), was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach's famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears (heavily fictionalized) as the hero. He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the famous ballet The Nutcracker is based. The ballet Coppélia is based on two other stories that Hoffmann wrote, while Schumann's Kreisleriana is based on Hoffmann's character Johannes Kreisler.

Hoffmann's stories were very influential during the 19th century, and he is one of the major author
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“Why should not a writer be permitted to make use of the levers of fear, terror and horror because some feeble soul here and there finds it more than it can bear? Shall there be no strong meat at table because there happen to be some guests there whose stomachs are weak, or who have spoiled their own digestions?”
E.T.A. Hoffmann

“Let me ask you outright, gentle reader, if there have not been hours, indeed whole days and weeks of your life, during which all your usual activities were painfully repugnant, and everything you believed in and valued seemed foolish and worthless?”
E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Golden Pot and Other Tales

“There are... otherwise quite decent people who are so dull of nature that they believe that they must attribute the swift flight of fancy to some illness of the psyche, and thus it happens that this or that writer is said to create not other than while imbibing intoxicating drink or that his fantasies are the result of overexcited nerves and resulting fever. But who can fail to know that, while a state of psychical excitement caused by the one or other stimulant may indeed generate some lucky and brilliant ideas, it can never produce a well-founded, substantial work of art that requires the utmost presence of mind.”
E.T.A. Hoffmann, Die Serapions Brüder: Gesammelte Erzählungen Und Märchen In Vier Bänden

Polls

December 2017 Short Story Poll

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, 32 pages or less, 1905
 
  58 votes, 17.1%

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, 112 pages, 1929
 
  57 votes, 16.8%

 
  35 votes, 10.3%

A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor, 24 pages or less, 1955
 
  34 votes, 10.0%

 
  34 votes, 10.0%

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, 48 pages or less, 1956
 
  29 votes, 8.6%

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, 120 pages, 1815
 
  26 votes, 7.7%

The Eyes by Edith Wharton, 48 pages, 1910
 
  17 votes, 5.0%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages or less, 1903
 
  12 votes, 3.5%

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, 60 pages, 1966
 
  11 votes, 3.2%

 
  11 votes, 3.2%

R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, 84 pages, 1920
 
  8 votes, 2.4%

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages,1936
 
  7 votes, 2.1%

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