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(image by Herbert Pfostl and used on the cover to his book)
In a recent email, Herbert Pfostl brought up an author completely new to me, Juergen von der Wense, saying "he is A UNIVERSE -- the most astonishing mind -- a beautiful discovery."
Luckily, Herbert didn't leave me hanging. He provided an intro to the author and some translations on Blind Pony: link.
In trying to find the best translations of E.T.A. Hoffmann (any suggestions?), I stumbled upon a 2-volume set from the University of Chicago Press, 1969. I didn't realize the edition would have full-color, psychedelic-60s illustrations by Jacob Landau. It was only $10.
The full title: Selected Writings of E.T.A. Hofmann, edited and translated by Leonard J. Kent and Elizabeth C. Knight.
The second volume includes the full novel Tomcat Murr.
The volumes are encased in an illustrated box: