Der goldne Topf has ratings and 55 reviews. Manybooks said: From the many E.T.A. Hoffmann works of shorter fiction that we read and analysed in my. Like most of Hoffmann’s texts, Der goldne Topf is informed by its author’s E.T.A. Hoffmann, The Golden Pot and Other Tales (Oxford: Oxford University Press. E. T. A. HOFFMANN’S DER GOLDNE TOPF: ITS ROMANTIC MYTH. By Kenneth Negus. AMONG THE MANY new areas of literary art explored by German.

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When she suddenly disappears, he is beside himself. The only thing I regret, is the sad fate of a black cat. He looks up and beholds three green-gold snakes. No, she is in fact very much a dangerous and vicious enemy of Lindhorst, and her specific and very targeted magic causes Anselmus to doubt himself, to doubt Lindhorst and his daughters, finally splashing ink on one of Lindhorst’s precious manuscripts, which to and for the latter glldne such a major and unforgivable faux pax that the enraged magician imprisons Anselmus in a glass bottle like the prediction of the old apple monger, although thankfully, Lindhorst soon does realise that Anselmus has been under the influence of hostile, malevolent forces beyond his control and releases him from his crystal prison after having battled and overcome his enemy, the apple witch, and turning godne of all things into a large and rather misshapen beet, not only funny rta delightfully mundane, lowbrow.

Lindhorst and the parrot are victorious, and the vanquished witch is transformed into a beet. A short time later, a witch the applemonger appears and attempts to steal the golden pot that is Serpentina’s dowry. Sep 12, Elisabeth rated it really liked it.

Der Goldene Topf by E. T. A. Hoffmann

This one is a very short fantasy, so it’s a very quick one and has a very nice prose. This is one of those very rare books where after 50 pages I started slowing down my reading thinking “drat, this is going to have to end eventually” With this I do agree, but I do not see how this tale does that.


The ending is unexpected and totally satisfying. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Oxford University Press, Letters, diary entries, and essays that Hoffmann wrote as he was working on The Golden Pot indicate that it was written during one of the most unsettled periods of his life.

Märchen der Romantik

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, better known by his pen name E. Still, he wrote marvelous things.

Hoffmann works of shorter fiction that we read and analysed in my German Romanticism course at Mount Allison University during my second undergraduate yearit was and yes, still is his drr Der goldne Topf The Golden Pot in English translation, but please do note that I have actually never read this story in English which remains my hands-down favourite although I must admit that I have never been all that sure if I would hhoffmann label Der goldne Topf as a novella, as even the author himself, even E.

Das kann ja nur gut werden! They are depicted, rather, as convivial, benevolent, and generous.

Der goldne Topf by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Im Kontrast zu ihnen steht der Archivarius Lindhorst, der von seinen fantastischen Abenteuern berichtet und aus diesem Grund von niemandem ernst genommen wird, sich teilweise auch selbst von dieser ,irdischen” Gesellschaft isoliert.

I intend the entire fairytale to step into everyday life and there to assume its shapes in a manner that is fairylike and wondrous but at the same time bold.


Passages from other letters written in suggest that this change was brought about by a process that Hoffmann describes as a continuing opening of his internal self. Aug 08, merimnao rated it did not like it.

Anselmus later chances to meet his friend, Assistant Headmaster Paulmann, who invites him to his home. From the pot has sprung a bright lily that represents the love, happiness, and fulfillment of the young couple. He later revised this concept to make his tale deeper and more serious. Having become a poet, Anselmus at last seems to have gained access to this original oneness of all things which only art has the power to express.


This short novella may be E. German Wikisource has original text related to this article: This isn’t a spoiler, because the end is not predictable. Der goldne Topf in German; click on a word for the English translation. There, he meets Paulmann’s blue-eyed daughter, Veronika, who falls in love with him. The Archivist warns him explicitly that he must not spot any of the originals with ink from his pen. An author must make them live and breathe for the reader.

Hoffmann considers his Der goldne Topf boldne being basically a contemporary fairy tale or at least, contemporary and modern for the late 18th and drr 19th centuriesthe story actually begins realistically enough and in an actual and bona fide German city, in Dresden.

I admit, it is quite an original fairytale with a unique style, but something I just couldn’t really get into or relate to. This magical realism is something I like a lot in his stories. As punishment, the enraged Archivist imprisons him in a crystal bottle on a shelf in his library. Thus the search for a synthesis between the ideal and the real, between art and life has not been concluded at the end hoffmanm Der eha Topf.

May 27, Sauerkirsche rated it really liked it Shelves: I ded the literature of the romantic period. The plot of Hoffmann’s fairytale may have been influenced by his experience in the theater, which began in Robertsonxi. The transformation of Lindhorst’s bronze knocker into the face of the Applewoman is echoed in Charles Dickens ‘ A Christmas Carol when Ebenezer Scrooge sees Jacob Marley’s face in his own door knocker.