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Nutcracker and Mouse King
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The original stories behind everyoneas favorite Christmas ballet
It wasnat until the 1950s that seeing "The Nutcracker" at Christmastime became an American tradition. But the story itself is much older and its original intent more complex. This eye-opening new volume presents two of the taleas earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmannas "Nutcracker and Mouse King" (1816), in which a young girl is whisked away to the Land of Toys to help her animated nutcracker defeat the Mouse King, and Alexandre Dumasas 1845 adaptation, "The Tale of the Nutcracker," based on Hoffmannas popular work. Irresistible tales of magic, mystery, and childhood adventure, these timeless delights and fresh interpretations about the importance of imagination will captivate readers of all ages.
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E.T.A. Hoffmann was born in Konisberg in 1776. Phantasiestucke, his earliest collection of tales, appeared in 1814. This was followed by Nachtstucke and then by Die Serapions bruder. Among his longer works is his second and final novel, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr. Hoffmann died in berlin in 1822. After moving to Paris, Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) began writing and by twenty-five, he had his first success as a playwright. His writing was prolific, resulting numerous plays, novels, travel diaries as well as several children's stories. Joachim Neugroschel has translated numerous books from French, German, Italian, Russian and Yiddish. Jack Zipes is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota. A specialist in folklore, fairy tales, and children's literature, he has written several books of criticism and edited numerous anthologies.

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