The Red and the Black

by Stendhal

Other authorsLowell Bair (Translator)
Paperback, 1959

Original publication date

1830 (original French)

Pages

4; 506

Collection

Status

Available

Call number

PQ2435.R7E5 1958

Library's rating

Genres

Publication

New York: Bantam Books, c1958; Published as a Bantam Classic August 1959; Seventh Printing, later date?

Physical description

4, 506 p.; 17.65 cm

Language

Original language

French

Description

"Handsome and ambitious, Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins and make something of his life-by adopting the code of hypocrisy by which his society operates. Julien ultimately commits a crime-out of passion, principle, or insanity-that will bring about his downfall. The Red and the Black is a lively, satirical picture of French Restoration society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed, and ennui. The complex, sympathetic portrayal of Julien, the cold exploiter whose Machiavellian campaign is undercut by his own emotions, makes him Stendhal's most brilliant and human creation-and one of the greatest characters in European literature."--P. 4 of cover.

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