Stealer of children's eyes, the sinister Sandman is one of the most
famous creations from the dark gothic imagination of German
Romantic E. T. A. Hoffmann.
E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822). Hoffmann's works are available in Penguin Classics in Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann, Tales of Hoffmann and The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr.