The Tales of Hoffmann

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A lawyer by day and a creator of a world of fantasy by night, Hoffman (1776-1822) lived a Jekyll and Hyde existence. Many of the characters in his stories are subject to a similar split personality. The duality of his nature is frequently reflected in some of his characters--Cardillac the goldsmith in Mademoiselle de Scud???ry and Nathaniel in The Sandman , for example. Cardillac is a virtuous, industrious man by day but a violent criminal at night, while Nathaniel, obsessed by a childhood fantasy, is driven to madness ...

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The Tales of Hoffmann
1982, Penguin Books

ISBN-13: 9780140443929

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