Hoffmann, among the greatest and most popular of the German Romantics, is renowned for his humorous and sometimes horrifying tales of supernatural beings. This selection, while stressing the variety of his work, focuses on those stories in which the real and the supernatural are brought into contact and conflict. This new translation includes The Golden Pot, The Sandman, Princess Brambilla, Master Flea, and My Cousin's Corner Window.
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Der Sandmann is an enhancement of the children's fable of the sandman, a nefarious demon that steals the eyes of children. In Hoffmann' story, the mad scientist Dr Cornelius uses eyes to animate robots he builds. One of these machines, "mein bestes Automat", disrupts the love affair by wooing the protagonist from his true love.
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