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Stendhal (pseud -Marie-Henri Beyle)  : Le Rouge et le Noir

'[Gwen Raverat's father] was disgusted by Stendhal's "Le Rouge et le Noir" when I lent it to him; though I am still surprised that he did not appreciate the romantic fire which lies beneath Julien Sorel's somewhat unscrupulous methods of getting on in the world'.

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Darwin      Print: Book


Stendhal  : unknown

Leon Edel, introducing Henry James's letters from 1869-70: " [James] traveled in 1869, reading Goethe, Stendhal, the President de Brosses and Hawthorne."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry James      Print: Book


Stendhal  : unknown

Henry James to Alice James, 8 November (letter begun 7 November) 1869: "I have of course no company but my own [in Rome], but in the intervals of sightseeing find a rare satisfaction in the long-denied perusal of a book. I have been reading Stendhal -- a capital observer and a good deal of a thinker. He really knows Italy."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry James      Print: Book


Stendhal  : Le Rouge et le noir

Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Russell Mitford, 8 February 1847: 'Robert is a warm admirer of Balzac & has read most of his books [...] we read together the other day the "Rouge et Noir", that powerful book of Stendhal's ([Marie Henri] Bayle [sic]) & he thought it very striking, & observed, .. what I had thought from the first again & again, .. that it was exactly like Balzac [italics]in the raw[end italics] .. in the material, .. & undevelopped [sic] conception. What a book it is really,only so full of pain & bitterness, & the gall of iniquity!'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning     Print: Book


Stendhal  : 'on Rome'

Sunday 26 May 1935: 'I'm writing at Aix-en-Provence on a Sunday evening [...] I'm dipping into K.M.'s letters, Stendhal on Rome [...] Cant formulate a phrase for K.M. All I think a little posed & twisted by illness & [John Middleton] Murry; but agonised, & at moments that direct flick at the thing seen which was her gift.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Virginia Woolf      Print: Book


Stendhal  : Le rouge et le noir

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 14 April 1845: 'I must beg you to order & read "Le rouge et le noir" by a M. de Stendhal .. a "nom de guerre" I fancy. I wish I knew the names of any other books written by him. This, which I shd. not dare to name to a person in the world except you, so dark & deep is the colouring, is very striking & powerful & full of deep significance [...] It is, as to simple power, a first-class book according to my impression, -- though painful & noxious in many ways. But it is a book for you to read at all risks -- you must certainly read it for the power's sake. It has ridden me like an incubus for several days.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


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