Stendhal, La Chartreuse de Parme [The Charterhouse of Parma]

Peter Wagstaff (University of Bath)
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In 1833 or 1834 Henri Beyle, better known under the pseudonym Stendhal, came across various Italian manuscripts containing tales from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A number of these he translated, rewrote and published both anonymously and pseudonymously at intervals between 1837 and 1839 in the

Revue des deux mondes

. A collected edition was published posthumously by his cousin and executor, Romain Colomb, in 1855 under the title

Chroniques italiennes

. One of the manuscripts provided the germ of an idea for the novel

La Chartreuse de Parme

[The Charterhouse of Parma] that Stendhal conceived in the autumn of 1838 and wrote (or rather dictated) in an extraordinary burst of creative energy in the space of seven weeks between 4 November and 25 December of that year. Now long…

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Citation: Wagstaff, Peter. "La Chartreuse de Parme". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 November 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11169, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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