Tagged with ETA Hoffman

The Wisdom of a German Pastor

The Wisdom of a German Pastor

When I first started writing, I became fascinated by German Romanticism, the art and literature.  I discovered the brilliantly strange writer ETA Hofman, but also the warm, down to earth writings of Johan Peter Hebel (1760-1826), a teacher and pastor from Baden. Among his fans were Tolstoy and Kafka. One of my all time favourite … Continue reading

Call Me Wilhelm or Amadeus

Call Me Wilhelm or Amadeus

There are a lot of authors that have fallen through the holes in history and fashion, but there’s one that really does deserve to be resurrected -the Prussian grandfather of Gothic literature, E.T.A Hoffman (1776-1822). You may know the surname, but just not all the stuff he did. He is the subject of Jacques Offenbach’s … Continue reading

Robot Myths and Origins

Robot Myths and Origins

We think of robots as being a very modern, even futuristic invention, but the ideas behind them date back thousands of years. . The word ‘Robot’ was coined by Karel Capek in his 1920 play ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ in which automata were built to replace humans in boring or dangerous work. The word is derived … Continue reading