SELECTED WRITINGS OF E. T. A. HOFFMANN. Edited and Translated by Leonardf J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, . Octavo, two volumes, cloth. First edition of this collection. Volume one collects seven tales, including "The Sandman," "The Golden Pot," perhaps Hoffmann's finest single piece of fiction, and "The Mines of Falun," a subterranean fantasy of love and death. The whole of volume two consists of Hoffmann's novel THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF KATTER MURR ..., a subtle satire which tells of the doings of Murr, the tomcat. KATER MURR, one of Hoffmann's longer works, was unfinished at the time of his death. The first volume was published in 1820 and the second in 1822. The projected third volume was never written. Hoffmann "rivals Poe (whom he influenced) in his importance as a creator of the modern supernatural tale." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 204-05. "The celebrated short tales and novels of ... Hoffmann ... are a byword for mellowness of background and maturity of form ... they convey the grotesque rather than the terrible." - Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, p. 45. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 472-73. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 831-835. A fine set in cloth slipcase without dust jackets as issued. (#161359).
"Published 1969" on copyright page.