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Great Science-Fiction
& Fantasy Works

science-fiction & fantasy literature:
a critical list with discussions

Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by
E. T. A. Hoffmann

Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of E. T. A. Hoffmann and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by E. T. A. Hoffmann

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Hoffmann: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn't think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what's what.)

I don't pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Hoffmann tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Hoffmann worthy; in sum, to help you rank Hoffmann (and the works by Hoffmann listed here) on your personal literary "to do" list.



A Few Words About E. T. A. Hoffmann

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page. You may also find the Bibliography below helpful.


A Hoffmann Bibliography

A complete bibliography of Hoffmann's work is hard to assemble. What follows is my best attempt at cobbling together the diverse and often contradictory partial bibliographies to be found here and there. (One big problem is that many listings include only titles in English, but the same story can have many different English titles.) For that reason, in the lists below the original title is given first, followed by some of the English-language forms used for it.

Early in his creative life, Hoffmann penned a novel Cornaro that was never published; he then composed another, The Mysterious Man, of which only a fragment survives. His first book to see print was the initial volume of the four story collections that constitute Phantasiestücke in Callots Manier (Fantasy Pieces in Callot's Manner).

It is also hard to separate out what we would today call "novels" from the lot of Hoffmann's stories. Some tales, even though published outside of collections, are too short to really qualify--perhaps "novellas" or even "novelettes". I have not segregated out such tales in the list below, which is basically chronological, but have noted how they are usually classed.

While many--perhaps most--of Hoffmann's tales have a fantastic element, not all do; but I have made no attempt to separate out the "fantastic" from the "mundane" in this list. Moreover, only a few of these tales are now available in English, at least without spending the GNP of a small nation on some obscure out-of-print edition. Note that the boldfacing of the original titles does not signify whether or not they are fantastic--it is only to make the entries a little more readable.

The story lists omit introductions and other non-fiction, but I have left in them the "Kreisleriana" pieces: a set of literary reflections on music mostly as supposedly related by the fictitious Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler, who also appears in the novel Tomcat Murr. As one commentator said, Hoffmann "had invented poor Johannes Kreisler as a symbol for the misunderstood musician, painting him as a kind of clown"; another described Kreisler as "eccentric, antisocial, and ingenious". Most of the pieces by "Kreisler" are thus not "tales", but still embody some fictive elements. (Note that Robert Schumann wrote a series of piano pieces entitled "Kreisleriana" in tribute to Hoffmann.)

Hoffmann's Works, by Book

Phantasiestücke in Callots Manier [Fantasy Pieces in Callot's Manner]

  • Volume I - 1814
    • Ritter Gluck [The Knight Gluck] - 1809
    • Kreisleriana (first set)
      1. Johannes Kreislers, des Kapellmeisters, musikalische Leiden [The Sorrows of Music Director Johannes Kreisler] - 1810
      2. Ombra adorata! [Ombra adorata!] - 1814
      3. Gedanken über den hohen Wert der Musik [Thoughts on the Great Worth of Music] - 1812
      4. Beethovens Instrumental-Musik [Beethoven's Instrumental Music] - 1813
      5. Höchst zerstreute Gedanken [Highly Scattered Thoughts / Extremely Sparse Thoughts] - 1814
      6. Der vollkommene Machinist [The Complete (Theater) Machinist] - 1814
    • Don Juan [Don Juan] - 1813
  • Volume II - 1814
    • Nachricht von den neuesten Schicksalen des Hundes Berganza [News of the Latest Fortunes of the Hound Berganza] - 1814
    • Der Magnetiseur [The Hypnotist] - 1814
  • Volume III - 1814
    • Der goldene Topf: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit [The Golden Pot: A Fairytale of Modern Times] - 1814, revised in 1819
  • Volume IV - 1815
    • Die Abenteuer der Silvester-Nacht [The Adventures of New Year's Eve] - 1814
    • Kreisleriana (second set)
      1. Brief des Barons Wallborn an den Kapellmeister Kreisler [Baron Wallborn's Letter to Music Director Kreisler] - 1814
      2. Brief des Kapellmeisters Kreisler an den Baron Wallborn [Music Director Kreisler's Letter to Baron Wallborn] - 1814
      3. Kreislers musikalisch-poetischer Klub [Kreisler's Musical-Poetical Club] - 1815
      4. Nachricht von einem gebildeten jungen Mann [News of an Educated Young Man] - 1814
      5. Der Musikfeind [The Enemy of Music] - 1814
      6. Über einen Ausspruch Sacchinis, und über den sogenannten Effect in der Musik [On a Remark of Sacchini's, and on So-Called Effect in Music] - 1814
      7. Johannes Kreislers Lehrbrief [Johannes Kreisler's Indenture] - 1815

Schwester Monika erzählt und erfährt [The Experiences and Confessions of Sister Monica (or just Sister Monica)] - 1815

Classed a novel: a rarely discussed early work, pornographic and published anonymously, set in a convent (which idea was old hat as far back as Boccaccio and Chaucer). Sub-titled Eine erotisch-psychisch-physisch-philantropisch-philantropinische Urkunde des säkularisierten Klosters X (roughly, "An erotic psycho-physical-philanthropic-philanthropist record of secularized Cloister X.").


Die Elixiere des Teufels [The Devil's Elixirs, sometimes as The Devil's Elixir] - 1815

A novel, of which one reviewer said "The Devil's Elixirs is some of Hoffmann's best writing. It is a swift-moving, engaging story that boasts many complex psychological themes, and, of course, countless overlapping motifs, double identities, and confusions between reality and the interpretation of reality."


Nachtstücke [Night Pieces or Nocturnes]

  • Volume I - 1816
    • Der Sandmann [The Sandman] - 1816
    • Ignaz Denner [Ignaz Denner] - 1816
    • Die Jesuiterkirche in G. [The Jesuit Church in G.] - 1816
    • Das Sanctus [The Sanctus] - 1816
  • Volume II - 1817
    • Das öde Haus [The Deserted House" | The Mystery of the Deserted House | The Empty House | The Bleak House] - 1817
    • Das Majorat [The Entail / Primogeniture / Rolandsitten] - 1817
    • Das Gelübde [The Oath] - 1817
    • Das steinerne Herz [The Stone Heart] - 1817

Die Serapions-Brüder [The Serapion Brotherhood]

  • Volume I - 1819
    • First Section
      • Der Einsiedler Serapion [The Hermit Serapion] - 1819
      • Rath Krespel [Councilor Krespel | The Story of Krespel | Antonia's Song | The Cremona Violin] - 1817
      • Die Fermate [The Cadenza] - 1815
      • Der Dichter und der Komponist [The Poet and the Composer] - 1813
    • Second Section
      • Ein Fragment aus dem Leben dreier Freunde [A Fragment from the Life of Three Friends] - 1818
      • Der Artushof [The Court of Arthur] - 1816
      • Die Bergwerke zu Falun [The Mines of Falun] - 1819
      • Nussknacker und Mausekönig [Nutcracker and Mouse King] - 1816
  • Volume II - 1819
    • Third Section
      • Der Kampf der Sänger [The Contest of the Singers] - 1818
      • Eine Spukgeschichte [A Ghost Story] - 1819
      • Die Automate [The Automaton] - 1814
      • Doge und Dogaresse [Doge and Dogaressa] - 1818
    • Fourth Section
      • Alte und neue Kirchenmusik [Old and New Church Music] - 1814
      • Meister Martin der Küfner und seine Gesellen [Master Martin the Cooper and His Journeymen] - 1818
      • Das fremde Kind [The Mysterious Child] - 1817
  • Volume III - 1820
    • Fifth Section
      • Nachricht aus dem Leben eines bekannten Mannes [News from the Life of a Well-Known Man] - 1819
      • Die Brautwahl [The Bride Selection] - 1819
      • Der unheimliche Gast [The Uncanny Guest] - 1819
    • Sixth Section
      • Das Fräulein von Scuderi [Mademoiselle de Scuderi] - 1819
      • Spielerglück [Gambler's Luck] - 1819
      • Der Baron von B. [The Baron of B.] - 1819
  • Volume IV - 1821
    • Seventh Section
      • Signor Formica [Signor Formica] - 1819
      • Zacharias Werner [Zacharias Werner] - 1821
      • Erscheinungern [Manifestations] - 1817
    • Eighth Section
      • Der Zusammenhang der Dinge [The Coherence of Things] - 1820
      • Vampirismus [Vampirism] - 1821
      • Die ästhetische Teegesellschaft [The Aesthetic Tea Society] - 1821
      • Die Königsbraut [The King's Bride] - 1821

Prinzessin Brambilla [Princess Brambilla] -1820

A novella or novelette: a seemingly lightweight but ultimately philosophical comedy of errors rooted in confusion of identity, both actual and psychological.


Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer Biographie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler in zufälligen Makulaturblättern [The Tomcat Murr, in full, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr with a Fragmentary Biography of the Music Director Johannes Kreisler in Accidentally Intermingled Pages] - 1820

This novel is possibly Hoffmann's best work--penetrating social commentary wrapped up in screamingly funny drollery; it has a curiously modern tone.


Seltsame Leiden eines Theaterdirektors [Strange Sorrows of a Theater Director] - 1819

Apparently a short story (or possibly an essay--I have no copy) published as a stand-alone.


Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober [Little Zaches, Called Cinnobar, 1819

A novel: this tale seems widely accepted as one of Hoffmann's best fantastic works (which is saying something). Little Sachs (called Cinnobar) is an ugly dwarf who acquires the magical ability to be credited for "whatever gracious or pleasing thing is said or done in his presence"--that is, he steals others' merit; Sachs rises high in the world before his literarily inevitable downfall. There is available on line a full English translation by Michael Haldane, who also offers a few brief thoughts on the tale, as well as a lengthy dissertation on translating Hoffmann into English with special notes on this piece.


Meister Floh: Ein Mährchen in Sieben Abenteuern Zweier Freunde [Master Flea] -1822

A novella or novelette: a comedic (and satiric) fantasy in which the Master of the Fleas magically allows the protagonist to know to when people are lying to him; the work was a thinly veiled political critique, and got Hoffmann in a boatload of trouble.


Letzte Erzählungen [Later Stories] - 1825

  • Haimatochare [Haimatochare] - 1819
  • Die Marquise de la Pivardiere [The Marquise de la Pivardiere] - 1820
  • Die Irrungen: Fragment aus dem Leben eines Fantasten [The Errors: Fragment from the Life of a Fantast] - 1820
  • Die Geheimnisse: Fortsetzung des Fragments aus dem Leben eines Fantasten, 'Die Irrungen' [The Secrets: Continuation of the Fragment from the Life of a Fantast, "The Errors"] - 1821
  • Der Elementargeist [The Elemental Spirit] - 1820
  • Die Räuber: Abenteuer Zweier Freunde auf einem Schlosse in Böhmen [The Robbers] - 1821
  • Die Doppeltgänger [The Doubles] - 1822
  • Datura Fastuosa [Datura Fastuosa] - 1822
  • Des Vetters Eckfenster [My Cousin's Corner Window] - 1822
  • Naivitt [Naivete] - 1822
  • Die Genesung [The Recovery] - 1822
  • Neueste Schicksal eines Mannes abenteuerlichen [Latest Fortunes of an Adventurer] - 1823
  • Meister Johannes Wacht [Master Johannes Wacht] - 1823
  • Der Feind [The Enemy] - 1823

Hoffmann's Works, Alphabetically

These lists are for the benefit of collectors, and are useful mainly because Hoffmann in English translation has not yet appeared in a complete set, and there is substantial overlap between the various collections that are available. I have not segregated the works by length ("novels", "novellas" and short stories are intermixed).

In the Original German

This list is by the original titles, because translations can have quite various English titles. The alphabetizing ignores leading Ein, Eine, Der, Die, Das. Capitalization is mostly as I found it, but may vary from edition to edition.

  • Abenteuer der Silvester-Nacht [The Adventures of New Year's Eve] - 1815
  • Alte und neue Kirchenmusik [Old and New Church Music] - 1814
  • Artushof, Der [The Court of Arthur] - 1816
  • ästhetische Teegesellschaft, Die [The Aesthetic Tea Society] - 1821
  • Automate, Die [The Automaton] - 1814
  • Baron von B., Der [The Baron of B.] - 1819
  • Bergwerke zu Falun, Die [The Mines of Falun] - 1819
  • Brautwahl, Die [The Bride Selection] - 1819
  • Datura Fastuosa [Datura Fastuosa] - 1822
  • Dichter und der Komponist, Der [The Poet and the Composer] - 1813
  • Doge und Dogaresse [Doge and Dogaressa] - 1818
  • Don Juan [Don Juan] - 1813
  • Doppeltgänger, Die [The Doubles] - 1822
  • Einsiedler Serapion, Der [The Hermit Serapion] - 1819
  • Elementargeist, Der [The Elemental Spirit] - 1820
  • Elixiere des Teufels, Die [The Devil's Elixirs] {novel} - 1815
  • Erscheinungern [Manifestations] - 1817
  • Feind, Der [The Enemy] - 1823
  • Fermate, Die [The Cadenza] - 1815
  • Fragment aus dem Leben dreier Freunde, Ein [A Fragment from the Life of Three Friends] - 1818
  • Fräulein von Scuderi, Das [Mademoiselle de Scuderi] - 1819
  • fremde Kind, Das [The Mysterious Child] - 1817
  • Geheimnisse, Die: Fortsetzung des Fragments aus dem Leben eines Fantasten, 'Die Irrungen' [The Secrets: Continuation of the Fragment from the Life of a Fantast, "The Errors"] - 1821
  • Gelübde, Das [The Oath] - 1817
  • Genesung, Die [The Recovery] - 1822
  • goldene Topf, Der: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit [The Golden Pot: A Fairytale of Modern Times] - revised in 1819
  • Haimatochare [Haimatochare] - 1819
  • Ignaz Denner [Ignaz Denner] - 1816
  • Irrungen, Die: Fragment aus dem Leben eines Fantasten [The Errors: Fragment from the Life of a Fantast] - 1820
  • Jesuiterkirche in G., Die [The Jesuit Church in G.] - 1816
  • Kampf der Sänger, Der [The Contest of the Singers] - 1818
  • Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober [Little Zaches, Called Cinnobar] {novel} - 1819
  • Königsbraut, Die [The King's Bride] - 1821
  • Kreisleriana [Kreisleriana] {nonfiction & fiction mix} - various
  • Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer Biographie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler in zufälligen Makulaturblättern [The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr] - {novel, 2 volumes} 1819-1821
  • Magnetiseur, Der [The Hypnotist]
  • Majorat, Das [The Entail] - 1817
  • Marquise de la Pivardiere, Die [The Marquise de la Pivardiere] - 1820
  • Meister Floh: Ein Mährchen in Sieben Abenteuern Zweier Freunde [Master Flea] {sometimes classed a novel} - 1822
  • Meister Johannes Wacht [Master Johannes Wacht] - 1823
  • Meister Martin der Küfner und seine Gesellen [Master Martin the Cooper and His Journeymen] - 1818
  • Nachricht aus dem Leben eines bekannten Mannes [News from the Life of a Well-Known Man] - 1819
  • Nachricht von den neuesten Schicksalen des Hundes Berganza [News of the Latest Fortunes of the Hound Berganza] - 1814
  • Naivitt [Naivete] - 1822
  • Neueste Schicksal eines Mannes abenteuerlichen [Latest Fortunes of an Adventurer] - 1823
  • Nussknacker und Mausekönig [Nutcracker and Mouse King] - 1816
  • Öde Haus, Das [The Bleak House] - 1817
  • Prinzessin Brambilla [Princess Brambilla] {sometimes classed a novel} - 1820 (1821?)
  • Rat Krespel [Councilor Krespel] - 1817
  • Räuber, Die: Abenteuer Zweier Freunde auf einem Schlosse in Böhmen [The Robbers] - 1821
  • Ritter Gluck [The Knight Gluck] - 1809
  • Sanctus, Das [The Sanctus] - 1816
  • Sandmann, Der [The Sandman] - 1816
  • Schwester Monika erzählt und erfährt [The Experiences and Confessions of Sister Monica] {novel: pornographic, published anonymously} - 1815
  • Seltsame Leiden eines Theaterdirektors [Strange Sorrows of a Theater Director] - 1819
  • Signor Formica [Signor Formica] - 1819
  • Spielerglück [Gambler's Luck] - 1819
  • Spukgeschichte, Eine [A Ghost Story] - 1819
  • steinerne Herz, Das [The Stone Heart] - 1817
  • unheimliche Gast, Der [The Uncanny Guest] - 1819
  • Vampirismus [Vampirism] - 1821
  • Vetters Eckfenster, Des [My Cousin's Corner Window] - 1822
  • Zacharias Werner [Zacharias Werner] - 1821
  • Zusammenhang der Dinge, Der [The Coherence of Things] - 1820

In English Translation

This list shows the more common translations of the titles, but there can be quite a diversity: Das majorat, for example, has appeared in English as "The Entail", "Primogeniture", "Rolandsritten", and possibly yet other variations. The alphabetizing ignores leading A, An, The.

  • Adventures of New Year's Eve, The [Abenteuer der Silvester-Nacht] - 1815
  • Aesthetic Tea Society, The [ästhetische Teegesellschaft, Die] - 1821
  • Automaton, The [Automate, Die] - 1814
  • Baron of B., The [Baron von B., Der] - 1819
  • Bleak House, The [Öde Haus, Das] - 1817
  • Bride Selection, The [Brautwahl, Die] - 1819
  • Cadenza, The [Fermate, Die] - 1815
  • Coherence of Things, The [Zusammenhang der Dinge, Der] - 1820
  • Contest of the Singers, The [Kampf der Sänger, Der] - 1818
  • Councilor Krespel [Rat Krespel] - 1817
  • Court of Arthur, The [Artushof, Der] - 1816
  • Datura Fastuosa [Datura Fastuosa] - 1822
  • Devil's Elixirs, The [Elixiere des Teufels, Die {novel}] - 1815
  • Doge and Dogaressa [Doge und Dogaresse] - 1818
  • Don Juan [Don Juan] - 1813
  • Doubles, The [Doppeltgänger, Die] - 1822
  • Elemental Spirit, The [Elementargeist, Der] - 1820
  • Enemy, The [Feind, Der] - 1823
  • Entail, the [Majorat, Das] - 1817
  • Errors: Fragment from the Life of a Fantast, The [Irrungen, Die: Fragment aus dem Leben eines Fantasten] - 1820
  • Experiences and Confessions of Sister Monica, The [Schwester Monika {novel: pornographic, published anonymously}]] - 1815
  • Fragment from the Life of Three Friends, A [Fragment aus dem Leben dreier Freunde, Ein]] - 1818
  • Gambler's Luck [Spielerglück]] - 1819
  • Ghost Story, A [Spukgeschichte, Eine]] - 1819
  • Golden Pot: A Fairytale of Modern Times, The [- goldene Topf, Der: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit - revised 1819
  • Haimatochare [- Haimatochare 1819
  • Hermit Serapion, The [Einsiedler Serapion, Der] - 1819
  • Hypnotist, The [Magnetiseur, Der] - 1814
  • Ignaz Denner [Ignaz Denner] - 1816
  • Jesuit Church in G., The [Jesuiterkirche in G., Die] - 1816
  • King's Bride, The [Königsbraut, Die] - 1821
  • Knight Gluck, The [Ritter Gluck] - 1809
  • Kreisleriana [Kreisleriana] {nonfiction & fiction mix} - various
  • Latest Fortunes of an Adventurer [Neueste Schicksal eines Mannes abenteuerlichen] - 1823
  • Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr, The [Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer Biographie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler in zufälligen Makulaturblättern - {novel, 2 volumes} 1819-1821
  • Little Zaches, Called Cinnobar [Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober {novel}] - 1819
  • Mademoiselle de Scuderi [Fräulein von Scuderi, Das] - 1819
  • Manifestations [Erscheinungern] - 1817
  • Marquise de la Pivardiere, The [Marquise de la Pivardiere, Die] - 1820
  • Master Flea [Meister Floh: Ein Mährchen in Sieben Abenteuern Zweier Freunde {sometimes classed a novel}] - 1822
  • Master Johannes Wacht [Meister Johannes Wacht] - 1823
  • Master Martin the Cooper and His Journeymen [Meister Martin der Küfner und seine Gesellen] - 1818
  • Mines of Falun, The [Bergwerke zu Falun, Die] - 1819
  • My Cousin's Corner Window [Vetters Eckfenster, Des] - 1822
  • Mysterious Child, The [fremde Kind, Das] - 1817
  • Naivete [Naivitt] - 1822
  • News from the Life of a Well-Known Man [Nachricht aus dem Leben eines bekannten Mannes] - 1819
  • News of the Latest Fortunes of the Hound Berganza [Nachricht von den neuesten Schicksalen des Hundes Berganza] - 1814
  • Nutcracker and Mouse King [Nussknacker und Mausekönig] - 1816
  • Oath, The [Gelübde, Das] - 1817
  • Old and New Church Music [Alte und neue Kirchenmusik] - 1814
  • Poet and the Composer, The [Dichter und der Komponist, Der] - 1813
  • Princess Brambilla [Prinzessin Brambilla {sometimes classed a novel}] - 1820 (1821?)
  • Recovery, The [Genesung, Die] - 1822
  • Robbers, The [Räuber, Die: Abenteuer Zweier Freunde auf einem Schlosse in Böhmen] - 1821
  • Sanctus, The [Sanctus, Das] - 1816
  • Sandman, The [Sandmann, Der] - 1816
  • Secrets: Continuation of the Fragment from the Life of a Fantast, "The Errors", The [Geheimnisse, Die: Fortsetzung des Fragments aus dem Leben eines Fantasten, 'Die Irrungen'] - 1821
  • Signor Formica [Signor Formica] - 1819
  • Stone Heart, The [steinerne Herz, Das] - 1817
  • Strange Sorrows of a Theater Director [Seltsame Leiden eines Theaterdirektors] - 1819
  • Uncanny Guest, The [unheimliche Gast, Der] - 1819
  • Vampirism [Vampirismus] - 1821
  • Zacharias Werner [Zacharias Werner] - 1821

Hoffmann's Tales Published in English

This is not an attempt at an exhaustive listing; rather, it is an attempt at a listing of works still available, new or used, at a reasonable price, which I arbitrarily set as under $35 or so. The collections are arbitrarily numbered for reference as to which stories are in which.


Longer Works

These are works long enough to have most or all of a volume to themselves.


Collections

Some of these include longer works such as Prinzessin Brambilla or Meister Floh. They are numbered {thus} for later cross-reference of the stories each contains.

  • {1} Fantasy Pieces in Callot's Manner, available used (from U.K.), c. $28
    • Ritter Gluck
    • Kreisleriana
    • Don Juan
    • Nachricht von den neuesten Schicksalen des Hundes Berganza
    • Der Magnetiseur
    • Der goldene Topf: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit
    • Die Abenteuer der Silvester-Nacht
  • {2} Four Stories/Vier Erzahlungen (bilingual edition), available used c. $8 & up
    • Rat Krespel
    • Die Bergwerke zu Falun
    • Das Fräulein von Scuderi
    • Des Vetters Eckfenster
  • {3} The Best Tales of Hoffmann, available used c. $4 & up
    • Der goldene Topf: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit
    • Die Automate
    • Die Abenteuer der Silvester-Nacht
    • Nussknacker und Mausekonig
    • Der Sandmann
    • Rat Krespel
    • Meister Martin der Kufner und seine Gesellen
    • Die Bergwerke zu Falun
    • Signor Formica
    • Die Konigsbraut
  • {4} Tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann, available used c. $6 & up
    • Ritter Gluck
    • Der goldene Topf: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit
    • Der Sandmann
    • Rat Krespel
    • Die Bergwerke zu Falun
    • Das Fraulein von Scuderi
    • Die Doppeltgänger
  • {5} Tales of Hoffmann, available used c. $7 & up
    • Das Fraulein von Scuderi
    • Der Sandmann
    • Der Artushof
    • Rat Krespel
    • Das Majorat
    • Doge und Dogaresse
    • Die Bergwerke zu Falun
    • Die Brautwahl
  • {6} The Golden Pot and Other Tales, available new c. $10
    • Der goldene Topf: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit
    • Der Sandmann
    • Prinzessin Brambilla
    • Meister Floh: Ein Mährchen in Sieben Abenteuern Zweier Freunde
    • Des Vetters Eckfenster
  • {7} Tales From Hoffmann, available used c. $15 & up
    • Der goldene Topf: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit
    • Der Sandmann
    • Das Majorat
    • Rat Krespel
    • Das Fräulein von Scuderi
  • {8} The Tales of Hoffmann, available used c. $8 & up
    • Der Sandmann (tr. by J.T. Bealby)
    • Die Bergwerke zu Falun (tr. by E.N. Bennett)
    • Rat Krespel (tr. by Barrows Mussey)
    • Don Juan (tr. by Jacques Le Clercq)
    • Das Öde Haus (tr. by Marie Labocceta)
    • Das Gelübde (tr. by F.E. Pierce)
    • Das Fräulein von Scuderi (tr. by J.T. Bealby)
    • Das Majorat (tr. by J.T. Bealby)
    • Der unheimliche Gast (tr. by Alex Ewing)
    • Spielerglück (tr. by J.T. Bealby)(less)
  • {9} E.T.A. Hoffmann - Tales, available used c. $4 & up
    • Der goldene Topf: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit
    • Rat Krespel
    • Das Fraulein von Scuderi
    • Die Bergwerke zu Falun
    • Die Fermate
    • Das Majorat
    • Der Sandmann
  • {10} The Sandman and other tales of Hoffmann, available new c. $10
    • Der Sandmann
    • Rath Krespel
    • Das öde Haus

Works Collected in the Books Above

This lists all stories (and longer works) in any of the collections above, showing in which it appears.

  • Abenteuer der Silvester-Nacht, Die [The Adventures of New Year's Eve]: 1, 3
  • Artushof, Der[The Court of Arthur]: 5
  • Automate, Die[The Automaton]: 3
  • Bergwerke zu Falun, Die[The Mines of Falun]: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9
  • Brautwahl, Die[The Bride Selection]: 5
  • Doge und Dogaresse [Doge and Dogaressa]: 5
  • Don Juan [Don Juan]: 1, 8
  • Doppeltgänger, Die[The Doubles]: 4
  • Fermate, Die[The Cadenza]: 9
  • Fräulein von Scuderi, Das[Mademoiselle de Scuderi]: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
  • Gelübde, Das[The Oath]: 8
  • goldene Topf, Der: Ein Märchen aus der neuen Zeit [The Golden Pot: A Fairytale of Modern Times]: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9
  • Konigsbraut, Die[The King's Bride]: 3
  • Kreisleriana [Kreisleriana]: 1
  • Magnetiseur, Der [The Hypnotist]: 1
  • Majorat, Das[The Entail]: 5, 7, 8, 9
  • Meister Floh: Ein Mährchen in Sieben Abenteuern Zweier Freunde[Master Flea]: 6
  • Meister Martin der Kufner und seine Gesellen[Master Martin the Cooper and His Journeymen]: 3
  • Nachricht von den neuesten Schicksalen des Hundes Berganza[News of the Latest Fortunes of the Hound Berganza]: 1
  • Nussknacker und Mausekonig[Nutcracker and Mouse King]: 3
  • Öde Haus, Das[The Bleak House]: 8, 10
  • Prinzessin Brambilla[Princess Brambilla]: 6
  • Rath Krespel[Councilor Krespel]: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Ritter Gluck[The Knight Gluck]: 1, 4
  • Sandmann, Der [The Sandman]: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Signor Formica[Signor Formica]: 3
  • Spielerglück[Gambler's Luck]: 8
  • unheimliche Gast, Der[The Uncanny Guest]: 8
  • Vetters Eckfenster, Des[My Cousin's Corner Window]: 2, 6


Works NOT Collected in the Books Above

This lists all stories (and longer works) not in any of the collections above--these are the "missing works" of Hoffmann in English (at least in any readily available books).

  • Alte und neue Kirchenmusik [Old and New Church Music] - 1814
  • ästhetische Teegesellschaft, Die [The Aesthetic Tea Society] - 1821
  • Baron von B., Der [The Baron of B.] - 1819
  • Datura Fastuosa [Datura Fastuosa] - 1822
  • Dichter und der Komponist, Der [The Poet and the Composer] - 1813
  • Einsiedler Serapion, Der [The Hermit Serapion] - 1819
  • Elementargeist, Der [The Elemental Spirit] - 1820
  • Erscheinungern [Manifestations] - 1817
  • Feind, Der [The Enemy] - 1823
  • Fragment aus dem Leben dreier Freunde, Ein [A Fragment from the Life of Three Friends] - 1818
  • fremde Kind, Das [The Mysterious Child] - 1817
  • Geheimnisse, Die: Fortsetzung des Fragments aus dem Leben eines Fantasten, 'Die Irrungen' [The Secrets: Continuation of the Fragment from the Life of a Fantast, "The Errors"] - 1821
  • Genesung, Die [The Recovery] - 1822
  • Haimatochare [Haimatochare] - 1819
  • Ignaz Denner [Ignaz Denner] - 1816
  • Irrungen, Die: Fragment aus dem Leben eines Fantasten [The Errors: Fragment from the Life of a Fantast] - 1820
  • Jesuiterkirche in G., Die [The Jesuit Church in G.] - 1816
  • Kampf der Sänger, Der [The Contest of the Singers] - 1818
  • Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober [Little Zaches, Called Cinnobar] {novel} - 1819 (but available on line)
  • Marquise de la Pivardiere, Die [The Marquise de la Pivardiere] - 1820
  • Meister Johannes Wacht [Master Johannes Wacht] - 1823
  • Nachricht aus dem Leben eines bekannten Mannes [News from the Life of a Well-Known Man] - 1819
  • Naivitt [Naivete] - 1822
  • Neueste Schicksal eines Mannes abenteuerlichen [Latest Fortunes of an Adventurer] - 1823
  • Räuber, Die: Abenteuer Zweier Freunde auf einem Schlosse in Böhmen [The Robbers] - 1821
  • Sanctus, Das [The Sanctus] - 1816
  • Schwester Monika [The Experiences and Confessions of Sister Monica] {novel: pornographic, published anonymously} - 1815
  • Seltsame Leiden eines Theaterdirektors [Strange Sorrows of a Theater Director] - 1819
  • Spukgeschichte, Eine [A Ghost Story] - 1819
  • steinerne Herz, Das [The Stone Heart] - 1817
  • Vampirismus [Vampirism] - 1821
  • Zacharias Werner [Zacharias Werner] - 1821
  • Zusammenhang der Dinge, Der [The Coherence of Things] - 1820
 

Other E. T. A. Hoffmann Resources

E. T. A. Hoffmann Resources on the Web

There was a dedicated Hoffmann site, but it seems to have vanished sometime since mid-2008; too bad--the world could use one.

As is often the case, the Author's Calendar has a very nice page, E.T.A. Hoffmann. There is also a good essay, "The Tales of Hoffmann", at the Tabula Rasa site; another good essay, E. T. A. Hoffmann, "The Sandman" is more general than its title implies. There is a useful Time Table of Hoffmann's life that also includes some of his clever drawings (he was, after all, a polymath).

Another set of valuable resources, mentioned in the body above, are Michael Haldane's a few brief thoughts on Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober and his lengthy dissertation "Little Ernest, Great Ernst: The Trials and Tribulations of E.T.A. Hoffmann in English", on translating Hoffmann.

Naturally, there is a lot more on such a famed man, but those links ought to give you a good start.


E. T. A. Hoffmann Resources in Print

The list below derives from Ritchie Robinson's "Select Bibliography" in the notes accompanying his translation of The Golden Pot and Other Tales (Oxford University Press); the notes alone are worth the price of the book.

  • Hoffmann, Author of the Tales, Harvey W. Hewett-Thayer, 1948 - still valuable for information, but weak on analysis and criticism.

  • The Shattered Self: E. T. A. Hoffmann's Tragic Vision, Horst Daemmrich, 1973 - a thorough and systematic introduction to Hoffmann.

  • German Men of Letters (A. Natan, ed.): Hoffmann essay, John Reddick, 1969 - a sophisticated and perceptive critical approach.

  • Mysticism and Sexuality: E. T. A. Hoffmann, James McGlathery, 2 volumes, 1981/1985 - volume 1 is full of useful information, some unavailable elsewhere; volume 2, the analyses, disdappoints.

  • Hoffmann's Other World: The Romantic Author and His 'New Mythology', Kenneth Negus, 1965 - the relations between myth and reality in hoffmann's tales.


Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by E. T. A. Hoffmann ***

(For more possible titles by this author, see the "Unrated Books by Rated Authors" page.)





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