(8/7/07 11:54 am)
The Nutcracker...help with sourcing original and its history
I know that there may be some who don't consider this to be a true fairy-tale, but it is at the very least in the genre of fairy-tale fantasy, so I guess I can get away with it...
Is ETA Hoffman's original text for "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" online at all (either in German or English translation...couldn't find it on Project Gutenberg). Also, can anybody give me a history on its printings and translation? I heard that the first French translation fluffed it up a bit, and this translation was used as the basis for the ballet, but that's all I know of so far.
Thanks if you can help.
Heidi Anne Heiner
(8/7/07 12:45 pm)
Re: The Nutcracker...help with sourcing original and its his
I'm not well-versed on The Nutcracker beyond the actual ballet. However, questions about it have arisen on a regular basis over the years of the discussion board. The Dumas (French) version upon which the ballet was based was itself an adaptation of the original tale by E.T.A. Hoffman.
It's not published yet, but there will be a new definitive book with the two versions of the tale and an introduction by Jack Zipes out in the fall.
Here's its description and a link to it on Amazon:
Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker
The original stories behind everyone’s favorite Christmas ballet
It wasn’t 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 tale’s earliest versions, both in new translations: E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 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 Dumas’s 1845 adaptation, The Tale of the Nutcracker, based on Hoffmann’s 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.
About the Authors
E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776–1822) worked in the Prussian civil service before becoming one of the most popular fiction writers of his time.
Alexandre Dumas père (1802–1870), one of nineteenth-century France’s most prolific novelists, is best known for his historical novels that began with The Three Musketeers.
Joachim Neugroschel has won three PEN translation awards and the French-American translation prize.
Jack Zipes is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota.