Stendhal: La Chartreuse de Parme [The Charterhouse of Parma] (3797 words)

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 …

Citation: Wagstaff, Peter. "La Chartreuse de Parme". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 November 2017 [, accessed 18 June 2021.]

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