The Dastardly Past — E. T. A. Hoffmann

On this day:  March 28, 1818–E. T. A. Hoffmann.

Hoffman
On March 28, 1818, author E .T. A. Hoffmann writes a Berlin librarian asking for works that will help him with a new story, proving once again that all great works begin at the library.  In this case, Hoffmann’s work becomes Mademoiselle de Scuderi, an early example of romantic intrigue that some say is a pre-cursor of the detective genre.

The book is readily available on Amazon.

 

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