Die Elixiere des Teufels. Nachgelassene Papiere des Bruders Medardus eines Kapuziners.

Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Amadeus.

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Book ID: 11164


8vo, 315 pp, 28 illustrations by Gregor Rabinovich, contemporary red cloth, title gilt on spine & front cover, light foxing to outer edges, otherwise copy in very good condition, Unionsorucherei, Bern, (no date).


Die Elixiere des Teufels, (The Devil’s Elixir) is a novel by Hoffmann published in 1815, the basic idea for the story was adopted from Matthew Gregory Lewis’s novel The Monk, which is itself mentioned in the text. Although Hoffmann himself was not particularly religious, he was nevertheless so strongly impressed by the life and atmosphere on a visit to a monastery of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, that he determined to write the novel in that religious setting. Characteristically for Hoffmann, he wrote the entire novel in only a few weeks. It can be classified in the subgenre of dark romanticism.

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