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Handsome and ambitious, Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins and make something of his life. To do this, he realizes he must adopt the code of hypocrisy by which society operates, achieving advancement through deceit and self-interest. His triumphant career takes him from the provinces to glamorous Paris society, along the way conquering the beautiful, gentle Madame de Renal, unhappy wife of his employer, and then the haughty, aristocratic Mathilde, engaged to another man. But he brings about his own downfall when he commits an unexpected, devastating crime.
About the Author
Marie Henri Beyle, known as Stendhal (1783 - 1842) fought during the Napoleonic wars. After Napolean's fall, he retired to Italy and began to write under his pseudonym. In 1821 he left Italy and returned to France, where he completed Love. The Red and the Black was his second novel, and he completed three others.
|Chronology of the Life of Henri Marie Beyle||p. vii|
|Selected Further Reading||p. xxvi|
|Notes on the Text and Translation||p. xxvii|
|The Red and The Black||p. 1|
|Stendhal's Epigraphs and Quotations||p. 533|
|French Currency and Distances in the 1820s||p. 534|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: October 2002
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1