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Letters to Pauline

 
 
Author
Stendhal. Andrew Brown, trans. Adam Thirwell, foreword.
Publisher Hesperus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.45 x 4.9 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9781843911678
Pages/Publication Date 166/2011
Daedalus Item Code 53724
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Determined to take his younger sister Pauline's education in hand, Henri Beyle—better known as Stendhal (1783–1842)—was obliged to continue her tuition in epistolary fashion on leaving Grenoble. In these erudite and impeccably crafted letters, Stendhal tells her what to read (Plutarch, Molière, and Shakespeare); what to study (philosophy, logic, mathematics, and music); whether or not to get married (and to what kind of man); and generally how to enliven the tedium of a French provincial town. At the same time, he encourages Pauline to think for herself—a process that reveals quite a lot about the author of The Red and the Black.

"This intelligently presented selection of letters from an elder brother to his favourite sister covers Stendhal's early years.... It was an inspired editorial decision to isolate the letters to Pauline, for it is here that his writing is honed as a form of address.... The letters are also, poignantly, a window on the limitations of the lives of women."—Times Literary Supplement

 
 
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