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The life of a tormented genius of the Romantic era shows the impact of father absence

One of the great literary figures of the 19th century, Ernst Theodor Amadeus (E.T.A.) Hoffmann (1776–1822), may be best known in the English-speaking world as the subject of Offenbach’s opera, Tales of Hoffmann, with its ethereal “barcarolle”, “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour“. This year is the 200th anniversary of his death. Hoffmann (in the US: […]