The Golden Pot and Other Tales

The Golden Pot and Other Tales

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Hoffmann is among the greatest and most popular of the German Romantics. This selection, while stressing the variety of his work, puts in the foreground those tales in which the real and the supernatural are brought into contact and conflict. The humour of these tales is a result of the incongruity of supernatural beings at large in an ostentatiously everyday world. They include The Golden Pot, recognized as Hoffmann's masterpiece by himself and posterity;
its spine-chilling companion tale, The Sandman, which Offenbach drew on for his opera Tales of Hoffmann, and which Freud examines in his essay `The Uncanny'; two longer and more elaborate fantasies, set respectively in Germany and Italy; and the late story, My Cousin's Corner Window, which shows the powers of
the imagination being applied to everyday urban life, and marks a transition in European literature generally from Romanticism to Realism.

Ritchie Robertson's detailed introduction places the stories in their intellectual and historical context and explores their compelling narrative complexities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 21mm | 323g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 pp line drawings by Callot
  • 0199552479
  • 9780199552474
  • 102,366

Table of contents

The Golden Pot ; The Sandman ; Princess Brambilla ; Master Flea ; My Cousin's Corner Window
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About E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus) Hoffmann kam am 24. Januar 1776 als Sohn eines Hofgerichtsadvokaten in Königsberg zur Welt. Nach der Scheidung seiner Eltern blieb der Junge bei der Mutter und besuchte die Burgschule in Königsberg. Als er das Jurastudium beendet hatte, heiratete er die Polin Maria Thekla Michaelina Rorer, mit der er später seine Tochter Cäzilia bekam. Der Jurist und Richter war ein künstlerisches Multitalent: Er arbeitete unter anderem als Komponist und Kapellmeister, Zeichner und Literat. Hoffmann starb am 25. Juni 1822 an einer schweren Krankheit in Berlin.
E. T. A. Hoffmann hat mit seinen tiefenpsychologisch geprägten Erzählungen der deutschen Romantik Weltgeltung verschafft.
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