The Best Tales of Hoffmann E T A Hoffmann was perhaps one of the two or three greatest of all writers of fantasy His wonderful tales translated into many languages and adapted into numerous stage works have delighte

  • Title: The Best Tales of Hoffmann
  • Author: E.F. Bleiler E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • ISBN: 9780486217932
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • E T A Hoffmann 1776 1822 was perhaps one of the two or three greatest of all writers of fantasy His wonderful tales, translated into many languages and adapted into numerous stage works, have delighted readers for a century and a half.They open our eyes to an extraordinary world of fantasy, poetry, and the supernatural Remarkable characters come vividly to life WitE T A Hoffmann 1776 1822 was perhaps one of the two or three greatest of all writers of fantasy His wonderful tales, translated into many languages and adapted into numerous stage works, have delighted readers for a century and a half.They open our eyes to an extraordinary world of fantasy, poetry, and the supernatural Remarkable characters come vividly to life With exciting speed, Hoffmann moves from the firm ground of reality to ambiguity, mystery, and romance His imaginativeness is unsurpassed, and his handling of allegory, symbolism, and mysticism is unusually skillful These qualities make his tales some of the most stimulating and enjoyable in the world s literature They can be read on many levels of enjoyment as exciting fiction brilliantly told, as a fascinating statement of many of the major concerns of the Romantic era, and as a culmination of German Romantic literature.This collection contains ten of his best tales The Golden Flower Pot, Automata, A New Year s Eve Adventure, Nutcracker and the King of Mice, The Sand Man, Rath Krespel, Tobias Martin, Master Cooper, and His Men, The Mines of Falun, Signor Formica, and The King s Betrothed.

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    1. fevered, delirious, operatic, fairytale gothic, pre-Freudian, neurotic and gemlike, these tales (they feel like tales, not stories) should be requisite reading for all writers of fantasy

    2. Anything by Hoffman is generally good, though the "essential" piece to read from his works is "The Sandman," which is one of those narratives that taps into archetypal characterizations and feelings and leaves you like Jerry Seinfeld after George Costanza confesses his deepest fears and darkest capabilities: mouth agape and face pulled back in sheer terror."The Sandman" tells in epistolary form (at first; Hoffman abandons this after three letters between the principal characters) the story of a [...]

    3. Who doesn't know the Nutcracker ballet or, if you're an opera fan, Les Contes de Hoffmann? But who knows the actual stories that Hoffmann wrote?This book contains all four stories that the above are based on plus several others. The better known stories are great; some of the rest are also. But a couple just left me flat.The Nutcracker and the King of Mice is not exactly The Nutcracker. The young girl's name is Maria and she witnesses the first battle with the mice in which most of the toys part [...]

    4. The introduction by E.F. Bleiler is quite helpful. Hoffmann is called the quintessential Romantic writer, and in his works one can find the DNA of Poe and Dostoevsky. The bizarre and the everyday merge quite well in "The Golden Pot", but it is a tad bit difficult to read, what with the references of places in early 19th century Dresden and the description of the muse-en-scene, and above all the language. I kept at it none-the-less. There are instances of macabre or something outright magical, my [...]

    5. THE TALES OF HOFFMANN. (various dates). E. T. A. Hoffmann. ****. E. T. A. Hoffmann (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann) was the pseudonym of E. T. W. Hoffmann (E. T. Wilhelm Hoffmann), a German writer, composer, draughtsman, set designer and caricaturist. He was born in 1776, and died in 1822 from complications of alcoholism and syphillis. His tales, or short stories, ushered in the German Romantic Period, and were mostly of the type we would call Gothic today, relying heavily on the use of the supe [...]

    6. From "The Golden Flower Pot" in which the narrator describes how the Student Anselmus feels when he is held captive inside a corked crystal bottle:"You are drowned in dazzling splendour; everything around you appears illuminated and begirt with beaming rainbow hues: in the sheen everything seems to quiver and waver and clang and drone. You are swimming, but your are powerless and cannot move, as if you were imbedded in a firmly congealed ether which squeezes you so tightly that it is in vain tha [...]

    7. i loved this series of short stories. it was very inspiring to me as i like to tinker, Tales of Hoffmann is one of my favourite operas, and i perform Olympia as a solo performance often. It was great to get to read the 3 stories that Offenbach used to write Tales of Hoffmann. These stories gave me so much insight to the opera. The actual story of The Nutcracker is even more wonderful and fantastical than the ballet and i loved his descriptions. My one major criticism is that when i read all thes [...]

    8. I love Hoffman's stories that glow with a vivid imagination and profound meaning. Sometimes it's hard to get to the bottom of his complex metaphors, but it's well worth the work. So far, my favorite story was the Golden Flowerpot, but I also really enjoyed his original "The Nutcracker And the Mouse King" . It's strange to see how the popular ballet adaptation "Nutcracker" began with a simple children's story, a lot of which can feel like childlike nonsense and dreamscape imagery. And yet, his id [...]

    9. Hoffmann is an amazing writer of Weird tales (a very modern type), and all the more for his being someone who lived so long ago: he died in 1822. This is a great compilation of his short tales and unlike the Penguin Classics version includes the delightful tale of "Nutcracker and the Mouse King" and one recognized as his finest short story "The Golden Flower Pot." They are certainly his two most famous, so it is odd that they're missing from the Penguin Classics title "Tales of Hoffmann." This d [...]

    10. Certainly, lovers of fantasy, scifi and horror owe a debt to Hoffman, but the tales simply aren't very accessible to modern readers, something even the editor of this collection admits in his introduction. In many cases, it's difficult to tell precisely which elements are peculiar to Hoffman's imagination and which are common themes in literature or folk tales from the era. The one story liable to be familiar to most readers, "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice," is quite a departure from the f [...]

    11. Hoffman's romantic German tales are of a style and manner very different from today's writing, but they had a deep influence on Poe and the Russians and so bear rereading to understand the provenance of some of the 20th Century's literary tropes.

    12. I loved all the stories here but "The Golden Flowerpot" is the one that really fed my imagination. If I ever get around to it I think this would be a lovely story to illustrate. The pictures it makes in my head make my eyes dance and sparkle.

    13. Stories you must read from this collection: The Sandman, The Nutcracker, and The Golden Pot. ETA Hoffman writes ecstatically and honestly and I love his work.

    14. I only read "The Sand-man." I was always curious about the story after reading Freud's interpretation of it in his essay "The 'Uncanny.'"

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