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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.
Praise for Burton Raffel's translations For Balzac's Pere Goriot -Raffel's Pere Goriot is both faithful and beautiful, and that makes it a masterpiece.- --Alain Renoir -I predict that this translation will give Balzac's great novel a new life for English and American readers. . . . The definitive translation for this generation.- --Peter Brooks -[Raffel's] translation has the vigor and elasticity of Balzac's style, and catches with uncanny accuracy the tone of the period.- --Guy Davenport For Cervantes's Don Quijote -[Raffel's Don Quijote] recasts the original into lively English, without losing the complexity and flavor of the Spanish. . . . This Quijote flows smoothly and reads, in fact, like original prose rather than a translation.- --Adrienne Martin
|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
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1