Hoffmann arrives in Berlin in 1814, and his very arrival is already marked by ambivalence. On one hand, fills him with joy to reach the capital. Furthermore, the return to Berlin marks the return to work as a judge, the failure of his attempts to make a living as a musician. Law school, his career in the field of administration of justice course I had always rather a problem, a necessary breadwinner, but he deviated from their real, artistic, musical interests.
Hoffmann's work, haunting poetic transcription of a fantastic and hallucinatory activity, reached a huge resonance. For writers like Baudelaire or Balzac former embodied the true German romantic spirit.
Also tales of Poe and Dostoevsky's early works are a testament to his influence.