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E.T.A. Hoffman
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    (January 24, 1776-June 25, 1822)
    Birth name was Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffman
    Resided in Poland and Berlin
    Wrote ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,’ ‘The Sand-Man’ and ‘The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr’
    Wrote in the German Romantic style
    He was a failed lawyer, composer and painter.
    He loved Mozart’s music so much he changed one of his middle names from Wilhelm to ‘Amadeus.’
    He was hired by the Prussian government to make up German names for Polish Jews.
    He loved Poland, but got kicked out of it for alleged spying.
    He was only 46 when he died.
    He was an insightful music critic.
    He coined the term ‘doppelganger.’
    Sigmund Freud enjoyed his work and wrote about it.
    He is considered one of the fathers of the horror story.
    His work influenced Edgar Allan Poe.
    His stories inspired the famous Tchaikovsky ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ and the Offenbach opera ‘Tales of Hoffman.’

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