CKCU Literary News
Wednesday January 18th, 2023 with Hans G. Ruprecht & Dr. Klemens Klemmer
Ein Radioessay von Dr. Klemens Klemmer zum 200. Todesjahr von Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (1776 -1822), er war Kammergerichtsrat, Schriftsteller, Musikkritiker, Komponist und Maler.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (January 24, 1776 – June 25, 1822), better known by his pen name E. T. A. Hoffmann, was a Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. Hoffmann was one of the key authors of the later the Romantic movement and a transitional figure. His most familiar story, Nussknacker und Mausekönig ("Nutcracker and Mouse King," 1816), was the basis for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker (1892); despite its appeal to children it contains dark psychological themes and social commentary on the issues of the day. His work combined the strong emotion of Romanticism with the elements of fear and horror of gothic fiction, which was contemporaneous with his own time. Hoffmann's work illuminates the darker side of the human spirit, a preoccupation of the horror genre that followed. New World Encyclopedia.org https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/E._T._A._Hoffmann
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