Mademoiselle de Scudéri

By E.T.A. Hoffmann

Translated by Andrew Brown

ISBN: 9781847498335

128 pages

RRP: £4.79

As Paris is shaken by a spate of murderous robberies, the aristocratic Mademoiselle de Scudéri pens a poem to poke fun at the cowardly lovers who now fear to go out at night to see their mistresses. But when she receives an unexpected visit from a young man, who gives her a box of jewels with a note thanking her for supporting the robbers’ cause, the elderly writer is plunged into a dangerous web of passion, intrigue and murder.

First published in 1819 to great acclaim, and displaying all the author’s trademark wit and ingenuity, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale has inspired and delighted writers and readers ever since, and remains a benchmark for all modern crime novels.

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  • Reading Mademoiselle de Scudéri, one is astonished to discover that Hoffmann, yet again, was a precursor, the true inventor… of so much that makes literature pleasurable.

    Gilbert Adair

E.T.A. Hoffmann

E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776–1822) was a composer, caricaturist, critic and author. His works, often bizarre and grotesque, were hugely influential on writers such as Dostoevsky, Kafka and Poe.