9780140443073

Penguin Classics Love

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140443073

  • ISBN10:

    014044307X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1975-12-30
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

Drawing on history, literature, philosophy and his own experience of unrequited passion, 'Love' is a thinly disguised picture of the author's innermost feelings. Stendhal's obsession with Mathilde Viscontini Dembowski is at the heart of this book. For her part, she neither returned his love nor understood him. In an attempt to explain his feelings to her--and to exorcize his love--he dissects his passion. Bringing together the conflicting sides of his nature, the deeply emotional and the coolly analytical, Stendhal constructed a work that is both acutely personal and universally applicable.

Author Biography

Henri Marie Beyle, known through his writing as Stendhal, was born in Grenoble in 1783 and educated there at the École Centrale. A cousin offered him a post in the Ministry of War, and from 1800 he followed Napoleon’s campaigns in Italy, Germany, Russia and Austria. In between wars, he spent his time in Paris drawing rooms and theatres.

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.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 9(14)
Biographical Background
9(2)
Background to De l'Amour
11(1)
Metilde
12(3)
The Book De l'Amour
15(7)
The Text
22(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
22(1)
Preface to the First Edition 23(2)
First Attempt at a Preface 25(6)
Second Attempt at a Preface 31(2)
Final Preface 33(282)
BOOK ONE
On Love
43(2)
Concerning the Birth of Love
45(3)
Concerning Hope
48(2)
4
50(1)
5
51(1)
The Salzburg Bough
51(2)
Concerning the Different Beginnings of Love for the Two Sexes
53(1)
8
54(3)
9
57(1)
10
57(2)
11
59(1)
Crystallization Continued
59(2)
Concerning the First Step, High Society, Misfortunes
61(1)
14
62(2)
15
64(1)
16
65(1)
Beauty Usurped by Love
66(1)
18
67(1)
Beauty's Limitations Further Discussed
68(2)
20
70(1)
Concerning `First Sight'
71(2)
Concerning Infatuation
73(1)
Concerning `Thunderbolts'
73(3)
Journey into an Unknown Country
76(5)
The Introduction
81(1)
Concerning Modesty
82(6)
Concerning Glances
88(1)
Concerning Feminine Pride
89(6)
Concerning Women's Courage
95(2)
A Strange and Sorry Spectacle
97(1)
Extract from Salviati's Diary
98(6)
Concerning Intimacy
104(5)
33
109(1)
Concerning Confidences
109(2)
Concerning Jealousy
111(5)
More Concerning Jealousy
116(2)
Roxana
118(1)
Concerning Wounded Self-Esteem
119(5)
Love at Loggerheads
124(11)
Cures for Love
128(2)
(iii)
130(5)
BOOK TWO
40
135(2)
Concerning the Love-Life of Nations - France
137(3)
More Concerning France
140(2)
Italy
142(3)
Rome
145(1)
England
146(3)
England (continued)
149(3)
Spain
152(2)
Love in Germany
154(4)
A Day in Florence
158(5)
Love in the United States
163(2)
Love in Provence, before the Conquest of Toulouse by Northern Barbarians in 1328
165(4)
Provence in the Twelfth Century
169(5)
Arabia
174(7)
Fragments from the Divan of Love
177(4)
Concerning the Education of Women
181(3)
Objections to Education for Women
184(7)
Continuation
191(5)
Concerning Marriage
194(2)
Concerning What is Called Virtue
196(1)
Marriage - The Position in Europe
197(7)
Switzerland
200(4)
Werther and Don Juan
204(8)
Concerning Fiascos
212(103)
Various Fragments
217(58)
APPENDIX
Concerning Courts of Love
275(9)
The Salzburg Bough
284(9)
Ernestine or The Birth of Love
293(22)
An Example of Love among the Wealthy Class in France
315

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