A children’s Christmas story by E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker and the Mouse-King tells the adventures of Marie Stahlbaum’s favourite toy, the Nutcracker, as he battles the nefarious Mouse-King and takes the reader on a wonderful adventure into a magical land of dolls. Hoffman’s most celebrated story, first published in 1816, inspired Tchaikovsky’s wonderous, festive ballet The Nutcracker. A true Christmas classic, this short novel is perfect for festive bedtime reading.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (1776 – 1822) was born in Königsberg, East Prussia. Hoffmann’s family were all jurists, and during his youth he was initially encouraged to pursue a career in law. However, in his late teens Hoffman became increasingly interested in literature and philosophy, and spent much of his time reading German classicists and attending lectures by, amongst others, Immanuel Kant. Hoffman went on to produce a great range of both literary and musical works.