Stendhal's best-known novel, in the original French. According to Wikipedia: Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black), 1830, by Stendhal, is an historical psychological novel in two volumes, chronicling a provincial young man's attempts to socially rise beyond his plebeian birth with a combination of talent and hard work, deception and hypocrisy - yet who ultimately allows his passions to betray him. the novel's composite full title, Le Rouge et le Noir, Chronique du XIXe sieacute;cle (The Red and the Black: a Chronicle of the 19th Century), indicates its two-fold literary purpose, a psychological portrait of the romantic protagonist, Julien Sorel, and an analytic, sociologic satire of the French social order under the Bourbon Restoration (1814ndash;30); as such, in literature, it is considered the first realist novel. in English, Le Rouge et le Noir is variously translated as Red and Black, Scarlet and Black, and the Red and the Black, without the sub-title...Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 ndash; March 23, 1842), better known by his pen name Stendhal, was a 19th-century French writer.
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March 01, 2010
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