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Transcriber's notes: 1. Page scan scource: Web Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/serapionbrethren01hoffuoft

2. All footnotes (5 in number) are listed at the end of the book.

3. [oe] = diphthong oe.

THE SERAPION BRETHREN.

GEORGE BELL AND SONS

LONDON PORTUGAL ST., LINCOLN'S INN. CAMBRIDGE: DEIGHTON, BELL AND CO. NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN CO. BOMBAY: A. H. WHEELER AND CO.

THE SERAPION BRETHREN.

BY

ERNST THEODOR WILHELM HOFFMANN.

Translated from the German

BY

MAJOR ALEX. EWING,

A.P.D., TRANSLATOR OF J. P. RICHTER'S "FLOWER, FRUIT, AND THORN PIECES," ETC.

VOL. I.

LONDON GEORGE BELL AND SONS 1908

[ Reprinted from Stereotype plates. ]

PREFACE.

Notwithstanding the popularity which several of Hoffmann's tales have obtained in many different countries, we are not aware of any complete or accurate translation of his works. In England they have become known in a very partial form, chiefly by the appearance of a few isolated tales in association with those of other writers, as in the 'Specimens of German Romance,' or in Gillies' 'German Stories,' which were published about 1830. Others are familiar only through the medium of a translation from a previous French version, as is the case with the well known 'Nutcracker,' and in this process of double dilution the Author's name has sometimes disappeared altogether.

The most important attempt to present this writer to English readers is the recent publication of two volumes entitled 'Hoffmann's Weird Stories,' which contain eleven tales seven being from the Serapions Brüder , two from the Nachtstücke , and two from other parts of his works. These stories are all separated from the setting in which, as in the present volume, they for the most part appeared, and the translator has not aimed at any completeness or method in their selection. The first attempt to give English readers a satisfactory idea of Hoffmann's work in its completeness is inaugurated by the present volume, which will be followed by the remaining portion of the Serapion Brethren , and in due course it is hoped by other portions of his works.

Musicians will be interested by the fulness with which the Author's views on musical subjects so much in advance of his age, and so just and accurate are developed in many places, such as the dialogue called "The Poet and the Composer," and the conversation which precedes the tale "Master Martin." It would be of much interest could any of Hoffmann's numerous musical compositions be brought to light at the present day; they appear to have been considerably in advance of their period, although Weber's critique on one of Hoffmann's operas is full of high praise.

A. E.

Taunton , September , 1886.

CONTENTS.

SECTION I.

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THE STORY OF SERAPION 10 THE STORY OF KRESPEL 24 AN INTERRUPTED CADENCE 54 THE POET AND THE COMPOSER 76

SECTION II.

A FRAGMENT OF THE LIVES OF THREE FRIENDS 105 THE ARTUS HOF 152 THE MINES OF FALUN 182 NUTCRACKER AND THE KING OF MICE 211

SECTION III... Continue reading book >>




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