E T A Hoffmann was born in Prussia in 1776. He endured an erratic career as a civil servant and had to exploit his interest in music, both composition and journalism, to make a living for himself in Warsaw.
From here he was deported by the French authorities to Berlin, prompting a move to Bamberg and then Dresden.
He somehow got caught up in the Battle of Dresden in August 1813 and then the Battle of the Nations in October of the same year.
Along his travels Hoffmann began producing a large amount of writing and his first collection of short stories was entitled Fantasiestucke, published in 1813.
Extensively read in both German and French translations, his works weren't converted to English until into the middle of the 19th Century.
The theme under which Hoffmann is studied in this course is Romantic Lives, and his work is largely considered to be the culmination of German Romanticism.
Notable works include 'A New Year's Eve Adventure'(1815), 'The Sandman' (1816) and 'Councillor Krespel' (1818)
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