E. T. A. Hoffmann http://wrti.org en No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker' http://wrti.org/post/no-sugar-plums-here-dark-romantic-roots-nutcracker This is the time of year when one man's work is widely — if indirectly — celebrated. His name used to be hugely famous, but nowadays, it draws blank stares, even from people who know that work. We're speaking about E.T.A. Hoffmann, original author of <em>The Nutcracker</em>.<p>You may have seen Hoffman's name recently in Matthew Guerrieri's new book <em>The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination</em>. Guerrieri says that one of the most influential reviews of that work was written in 1810 by E.T.A. Hoffmann, not long after the symphony was first performed. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 15:19:00 +0000 NPR Staff 4935 at http://wrti.org No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker'