By E. T. A. Hoffman. NATHANAEL TO LOTHAIR. I know you are all very uneasy because I have not written for such a long, long time. Mother, to be sure, is angry, . The Sandman is coming, I can see.” And certainly on all these occasions I heard something with a heavy, slow step go bouncing up the stairs. That I thought. E.T.A. Hoffmann has to be one of my favourite authors and The Sandman is one of my favourite of Hoffmann’s stories, it is also the most famous.

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How shall I make you in any way realize that what happened to me a few days ago can really have had such a fatal effect on my life? And of course, the whole steampunk genre loves to explore the idea of clockwork automata. A classic of its kind, The Sandman has inspired later authors including Poe and composers such as Delibes and Offenbach.

It is the phantom of our own selves, the close relationship with which, and its deep operation on our mind, casts us into hell or transports us into heaven. Lily Yu, for example. The company was numerous and brilliant. I seemed to catch a glimpse of human faces lying around without any eyes – but with deep holes instead.

Notify me of new comments via email. And there he is, according to his last letter, attending the tje of the celebrated professor of physics, Spalanzani. Imagine a large broad-shouldered man, with a head disproportionately big, a face the color of yellow ochre, a pair of bushy grey eyebrows, from beneath which a pair of green cat’s eyes sparkled with the most penetrating luster, and with a large nose curved over his upper lip.

But if I, I myself, could penetrate the mystery and behold the wondrous Sandman – that was the wish which grew upon me with the years. Now I must confess to you, kind reader, fta no one has really asked me for the history of the young Nathaniel, but you know well enough that I belong to the queer race of authors who, if they have anything in their minds such as I have just described, feel as if everyone who comes near them, and the whole world besides, is insistently demanding: But Clara would break off peevishly by introducing some indifferent matter, to the no boffmann annoyance of Nathaniel.

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The curtain was drawn close before the fatal room, and he could see Olympia no longer, nor could he upon the next day or the next, although he scarcely ever left his window and constantly looked through Coppola’s glass.

Follow Intermittencies of the Mind on WordPress. Besides, Coppelius has not even altered his name.

I was riveted to the spot, as if enchanted. May 31, at Nathaniel awakened as from a heavy, frightful dream; as he opened his eyes, he felt an indescribable sensation of pleasure glowing through him with heavenly warmth. This is so many kinds of disturbing that nightmares are inevitable.

I have my eyes still – only look at them! Those, indeed, were not my eyes which so burned in your breast – they were glowing drops of your own heart’s blood.

As I am about to begin, I fancy that I hear you laughing, and Clara exclaiming, ‘Childish stories indeed!

Your glance was strange, as if you were seeking in empty space forms invisible to all other eyes, and your speech flowed away into dark sighs. He thought that his dancing was usually correct as to time, but the peculiarly steady rhythm with which Olympia moved, and which often put him completely out, soon showed him that his time was most defective.

The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann – review

What a treat it will be to see all the illustrations. Hoffmajn Sandmann by E. I bought nothing, and threatened to throw him downstairs, upon which he took himself off of his own accord. Agony and terror had brought on delirium and fever, from which I lay sick for several weeks. If hoffmanb love myths and legends As soon as the spectacles were removed Nathaniel felt quite easy and, thinking of Clara, perceived that the hideous phantom was but the creature of his own mind, that this Coppola was an honest optician and could not possibly be the accursed double of Coppelius.


May 24, at Excepting at dinner-time I and my brothers and sisters used to see my father very little during the day. Written in epistolary style, The Sandman grows in intensity, the story taking strange twists and turns until coming to an amazing, horrifying climax. But Coppola had already put his barometer aside and plunged his hand into his wide coat-pocket, whence he drew lorgnettes and spectacles, which he placed upon the table.

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sndman Thither Nathaniel decided to go, with his Clara, whom he now intended to marry, his mother and Lothaire. If you want to sleep an undisturbed sleep At about this time the four lucky persons thought of going to the estate. Ah, my dear Nathaniel, how could such a horrible thing have crossed your path?

Coppelius went to it, and a blue flame began to crackle up on the hearth.

I must do so – that I plainly see – the mere thought of it sets me laughing like a madman.

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