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After the fall of Napoleon, he retired to Italy, adopted his pseudonym and started to write books on Italian painting, Haydn and Mozart, and travels in Italy. In 1821 the Austrian police expelled him from the country, and on returning to Paris he finished his book De l’amour. This was followed by Racine et Shakespeare, a defense of Romantic literature. Le Rouge et le noir was his second novel, and he also produced or began three others, including La Chartreuse de Parme and Lucien Leuwen. None of his published works was received with any great understanding during his lifetime.
Beyle was appointed Consul at Civitavecchia after the 1830 revolution, but his health deteriorated and six years later he was back in Paris and beginning a Life of Napoleon. In 1841 he was once again recalled for reasons of illness, and in the following year suffered a fatal stroke. Various autobiographical works, Journal, Souvenirs de l’egotisme and La Vie de Henri Brulard, were published later, as his fame grew.
It is an old classic and a very important book historically. It is a somewhat dated love story and study of a young man.Published 4 months ago by Richard S. Pataki
Despite its elegant style and the richness of detail in depicting Restoration France after the fall of Napoleon, Stendhal's "The Red and the Black" is a flawed novel. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Norwood
Bought book to use in a course. Would not have chosen it if not for that reason. Learned something new.Published 7 months ago by Diana Pritkin
My main objection here is that the annotations are often more of a distraction than a help. Still, the book is enjoyable overall.Published 8 months ago by K. Jackson
I remember how much I liked this novel years ago when I first read it. Thought I would re-read and enjoyed it again. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sharon Anderson
Since the former reviewers have praised the story better than I could, I will limit myself to pointing out that, currently, the prices for the leather bound editions are... Read morePublished 14 months ago by baikberuang
You must read it to believe it, much less appreciate it. There is a reason why they refer to such works as "classics". It is, quite simply, because they are :-)Published 15 months ago by Alexandra Mitchell
Probably a wonderful book for those really into french history of the period... and I'm sure it was a best seller during its time...a LOT lost in translation...pityPublished 15 months ago by Lucy S Shapiro