Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (1776–1822) was a German writer, composer, and painter, best known for his short stories and novels. He was born in Königsberg, Prussia, and spent many years working for the Prussian government in Germany and Poland. He wrote more than 50 short stories and showed particular interest in exploring the darker side of humanity. Many of his stories were a direct response to the social and political events of his time. The short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is among his most famous works.
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