Adolphe

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Enjoying all the advantages of noble birth and intellectual ability, but haunted by a sense of the meaninglessness of life, Adolphe seeks distraction in the pursuit of the beautiful, but older and more vulnerable Ellenore. Unaware of the danger 'of appropriating the language of love, and of fostering in yourself or others emotions of the heart that are transitory', Adolphe unexpectedly falls in love, only to chafe under the burden of an illicit relationship that blocks his public career. Unable to commit himself ...
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Overview

Enjoying all the advantages of noble birth and intellectual ability, but haunted by a sense of the meaninglessness of life, Adolphe seeks distraction in the pursuit of the beautiful, but older and more vulnerable Ellenore. Unaware of the danger 'of appropriating the language of love, and of fostering in yourself or others emotions of the heart that are transitory', Adolphe unexpectedly falls in love, only to chafe under the burden of an illicit relationship that blocks his public career. Unable to commit himself fully to Ellenore, and yet unwilling to face the pain he would cause by leaving her, Adolphe finds himself caught up in a situation that cannot be remedied, and is resolved only with disastrous results.

Written in a lucidly analytic yet discreetly emotional style, Adolphe (1816) distils the lessons of Constant's own experiences in love, but it also reflects his anxieties about the prospects for any kind of authentic commitment, political or religious as well as emotional, in a disenchanted world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140441345
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1980
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 957,818
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

French politician and writer Benjamin Constant combined an extremely lively political career with fertile literary output and an enthusiastic series of liaisons with some of France's most prominent women. Among them were two of his mistresses, Madame de Stael and Madame Recamier, as well as his two wives.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Note on the Text xxviii
Select Bibliography xxx
A Chronology of Benjamin Constant xxxii
Adolphe 1
Appendix Preface to the second edition 81
Explanatory Notes 85
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Entirely in French

    So, you know, if you can read French, by all means, give it a go and let us know if it's worth finding a translation somewhere! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    What is this?

    Nothing was in english except the description...too bad too because it sounded like it would be really interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Vb

    Gg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Whepres the english?

    Nothinng was in Eenglish, obviiously making iit hard to read...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 15, 2009

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