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One of the great French novelists of the nineteenth century, Stendhal (pseudonym for Marie-Henri Beyle) describes his unhappy youth with sensitivity and intelligence in his autobiographical novel The Life of Henri Brulard. It was written in 1835 and 1836 but published in 1890, long after his death. He detested his father, a lawyer from Grenoble, France, whose only passion in life was making money. Therefore, Stendhal left home as soon as he could. Stendhal served with Napoleon's army in the campaign in Russia in 1812, which helped inspire the famous war scenes in his novel The Red and the Black (1831). After Napoleon's fall, Stendhal lived for six years in Italy, a country he loved during his entire life. In 1821, he returned to Paris for a life of literature, politics, and love affairs. Stendhal's novels feature heroes who reject any form of authority that would restrain their sense of individual freedom. They are an interesting blend of romantic emotionalism and eighteenth-century realism. Stendhal's heroes are sensitive, emotional individuals who are in conflict with the society in which they live, yet they have the intelligence and detachment to analyze their society and its faults. Stendhal was a precursor of the realism of Flaubert. He once described the novelist's function as that of a person carrying a mirror down a highway so that the mirror would reflect life as it was, for all society. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Red and the Black 8,495 copies, 117 reviews
The Charterhouse of Parma 3,942 copies, 69 reviews
Love 785 copies, 12 reviews
The Life of Henry Brulard 386 copies, 4 reviews
Italian chroniques 262 copies, 5 reviews
Lucien Leuwen 252 copies, 1 review
Armance 214 copies, 2 reviews
Memoirs of an Egotist 168 copies, 3 reviews
Cures for Love 127 copies, 1 review
The Abbess of Castro 118 copies, 2 reviews
A Roman Journal 99 copies
A life of Napoleon 98 copies, 1 review
Life of Rossini 98 copies
Lamiel 75 copies
Vanina Vanini 52 copies, 1 review
Lucien Leuwen, tome 1 48 copies, 1 review
Relatos 42 copies
Lucien Leuwen, tome 2 37 copies, 1 review
Five Short Novels of Stendhal 36 copies, 1 review
Vita di Mozart 34 copies, 1 review
Voyages en Italie 27 copies, 1 review
The Cenci 25 copies
Féder ou Le Mari d'argent 22 copies, 1 review
Oeuvres intimes 15 copies, 1 review
I privilegi 13 copies, 1 review
Liefdesverhalen 12 copies
Journal 9 copies, 1 review
Album Stendhal 8 copies, 1 review
Diario 6 copies
Schwester Scolastica (Author) 5 copies
Novellen 5 copies
Correspondance 5 copies, 1 review
El filtro 3 copies
Voyage à Bordeaux 3 copies, 1 review
Salons 3 copies
Journal 1801-1814 2 copies, 1 review
Théâtre 2 copies
La duquesa de Palliano (Author) 2 copies
Rossini 2 copies
Bordeaux 2 copies
Storie romane 2 copies
De l'homme 2 copies, 1 review
O láske 1 copy
O lásce 1 copy
Meningen 1 copy
Une vie 1 copy
Théâtre 1 copy
Výbor z Díla I. 1 copy, 1 review
Roma 1 copy
Stendhal a teatro 1 copy, 1 review
Candide [Norton Critical Edition, 1st ed.] (Contributor) 140 copies, 2 reviews
French Short Stories (Contributor) 78 copies
Great French Short Novels (Contributor) 29 copies
The Book Lovers (Contributor) 25 copies
Verhalen uit de Franse romantiek (Contributor) 11 copies
La chartreuse de Parme, Stendhal (Contributor) 8 copies
La chartreuse de Parme de Stendhal (Contributor) 6 copies
La Chartreuse de Parme [1948 film] (Original novel) 3 copies
Tyve mesterfortællinger (Author, some editions) 3 copies, 1 review
French short stories (Contributor) 2 copies
Meesters der Franse vertelkunst (Contributor) 2 copies

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