Stendhal, Le Rouge et le noir: Chronique du XIXe siècle [The Red and the Black: Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century]

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Le Rouge et le Noir

, usually translated as

The Red and the Black

or

Scarlet and Black

, is the most celebrated work of Marie-Henri Beyle, better known under the pseudonym of Stendhal.

While in Marseille on travels in 1829, Stendhal wrote in the margins of his Promenades dans Rome that the “idea of Julien” came to him in the night of October 25/26. He returned to Paris at the end of November with a manuscript that he judged to be too short and spent most of 1830 expanding and editing. The work was given its present title in May 1830 and was published by Levavasseur in the following November. The manuscript has since been destroyed.

While in Marseille on travels in 1829, Stendhal wrote in the margins of his

Promenades dans Rome

that the “idea of Julien” came to him in the night of…

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Citation: Haldane, Joseph John. "Le Rouge et le noir: Chronique du XIXe siècle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 May 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11167, accessed 14 April 2024.]

11167 Le Rouge et le noir: Chronique du XIXe siècle 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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