E. T. A. Hoffmann

1776 - 1822

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Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann; 24 January 1776 – 25 June 1822) was a German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror, a jurist, composer, music critic and artist. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffmann appears (heavily fictionalized) as the hero. He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker is based. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of E. T. A. Hoffmann has received more than 1,201,616 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia. E. T. A. Hoffmann is the 114th most popular writer (up from 118th in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Russia (up from 47th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Russian Writer.

E. T. A. Hoffmann is most famous for his novel "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."

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  • 65

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  • 2.91

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Notable Works

Die Elixiere des Teufels
Short stories
The Nutcracker
Lebensansichten des Katers Murr
E.T.A. Hoffmann's gesammelte Schriften
Das Fräulein von Scuderi


Among writers, E. T. A. Hoffmann ranks 114 out of 7,302Before him are Maurice Maeterlinck, August Strindberg, Haruki Murakami, Apuleius, Jean de La Fontaine, and George Bernard Shaw. After him are Sully Prudhomme, Federico García Lorca, Anatole France, Jean Cocteau, Guy de Maupassant, and Charles Bukowski.

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Among people born in 1776, E. T. A. Hoffmann ranks 2Before him is Amedeo Avogadro. After him are Johann Friedrich Herbart, Sophie Germain, John Constable, Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Caroline of Baden, Şehzade Abdullah, Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary, Johann Wilhelm Ritter, and Barthold Georg Niebuhr. Among people deceased in 1822, E. T. A. Hoffmann ranks 1After him are William Herschel, Antonio Canova, Ali Pasha of Ioannina, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Claude Louis Berthollet, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen, Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, Giovanni Battista Venturi, Paolo Ruffini, and René Just Haüy.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, E. T. A. Hoffmann ranks 38 out of 3,761Before him are Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Yul Brynner (1920), Dmitri Shostakovich (1906), Valentina Tereshkova (1937), Georgy Zhukov (1896), and David Hilbert (1862). After him are Alexander II of Russia (1818), Konstantin Chernenko (1911), Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901), Turhan Hatice Sultan (1627), and Vyacheslav Molotov (1890).

Among WRITERS In Russia

Among writers born in Russia, E. T. A. Hoffmann ranks 9Before him are Anton Chekhov (1860), Alexander Pushkin (1799), Ayn Rand (1905), Maxim Gorky (1868), Isaac Asimov (1920), and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918). After him are Vladimir Nabokov (1899), Boris Pasternak (1890), Ivan Turgenev (1818), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), and Mikhail Sholokhov (1905).