The Charterhouse of Parma

By Stendhal, Jacques Barzun

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Officer, diplomat, spy, journalist, and intermittent genius, Marie-Henri Beyle employed more than 200 aliases in the course of his crowded career. His most famous moniker, however, was Stendhal, which he affixed to his greatest work, The Charterhouse of Parma. The author spent a mere seven weeks cranking out this marvel in 1838, setting the fictional equivalent of a land-s Officer, diplomat, spy, journalist, and...

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June 1987 by Penguin

(first published March 1839)

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