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THE SAND-MAN AND OTHER NIGHT PIECES by E.T.A.Hoffman. Translations by J.T. Bealby, A. Ewing, Thomas Carlyle, E.F. Bleiler and Helen Grant. Edited and Introduced by Jim Rockhill. Cover photo by Jaqueline Vanek. Leyburn, North Yorkshire, UK; Tartarus Press; 2008. 1st edition hardcover. E.T.A. Hoffmann was Germany's greatest author of fantastic and supernaturalist fiction, a composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. He was himself the subject of Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann, and his work inspired Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker (1892) and Delibes's ballet Coppélia (1870). Hoffmann's fiction, exploring the darker side of the human spirit, influenced Poe, Dickens, Baudelaire and Kafka. His highly readable, entertaining and eerie stories are thick with references to ghosts, madness and hypnotic influence. Supernatural and sinister characters appear in the lives of his heroes and heroines, exposing the tragic and grotesque. The Sand-Man and Other Night Pieces is the definitive collection of Hoffmann's stories of the supernatural, including classic translations by J.T. Bealby, A. Ewing and Thomas Carlyle, and adding important, more recent translations by Everett Bleiler and Helen Grant. It is edited and introduced by Jim Rockhill. The Sand-Man and Other Night Pieces is a sewn hardback book of 531+xviii pages. Limited to 500 copies. Fine in fine dj.