E. T. A. Hoffmann, (1776-1822) born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann was a German author of fantasy and Gothic horror. He was also a jurist, composer, music critic and artist. Hoffmann is one of the major creators of the Romantic movement.
His stories were the basis of the famous opéra fantastique by Jacques Offenbach, The Tales of Hoffmann. Hoffmann became the heavily fictionalized hero.
The opéra is based on three of Hoffmann’s stories and was Offenbach’s final work.
Offenbach’s opera was eventually transformed into a 1916 silent German film, a 1923 film and a 1951 movie.
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