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Record 19451

Reading Experience:

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
Date: Between 1 Apr 1845 and 14 Apr 1845
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Evangelical
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Stendhal
Title: Le rouge et le noir
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1831
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 19451  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1992
  Vol: 10
  Page: 159
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Scott Lewis (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1992), 10, p. 159,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:

Stendhal was pseudonym for Marie Henri Beyle (1783-1842).



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