Tales of Hoffmann
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The libretto was written by Jules Barbier, based on three short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a prolific German writer and composer of the Romantic era. E.T.A. Hoffman himself is a character in the opera just as he often is in his stories. The stories upon which the opera is based are Der Sandmann, Rath Krespel, and Das verlorene Spiegelbild.