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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 28, 1975 - Literary Collections - 336 pages
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In 1818, when he was in his mid-thirties, Stendhal met and fell passionately in love with the beautiful Mathilde Dembowski. She, however, was quick to make it clear that she did not return his affections, and in his despair he turned to the written word to exorcise his love and explain his feelings. The result is an intensely personal dissection of the process of falling - and being - in love: a unique blend of poetry, anecdote, philosophy, psychology and social observation. Bringing together the conflicting sides of his nature, the deeply emotional and the coolly analytical, Stendhal created a work that is both acutely personal and universally applicable.

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User Review  - Wes Zickau - Goodreads

Interesting and erroneous. Stendhal seems incapable of deciding the mode of the writing itself: witty, playful criticism, or serious social and philosophical inquiry. The prose is well crafted, but "wobbles" between these two modes, rendering the lot of it structurally unsound. Read full review

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User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

This is not a novel, but more of a dissertation of Stendhal's poignant, intense and sometimes hopeless view of passionate love. A lot of his ideas resonated with me, particularly the "crystallisation ... Read full review

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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.

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