Lion For Love

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Star

A A Lion for Love is a model of critical biography—a fascinating biography of a fascinating man.
— Larry McMurty

New Leader

The publication of A Lion for Love, by Robert Alter with the collaboration of his wife, Carol Cosman, supplies at last a fine,
perceptive, concise critical biography of Stendhal, written with a clarity and good sense worthy of its subject...Alter and Cosman...wear their erudition with becoming lightness.
— John Simon

New York Times Book Review

This excellent short biography...brings out both the charms and the complexities of Stendhal. The tone of the book is discreetly admiring, but ironic enough when need be to remind one of the saving and consummate irony of its subject.
— John Sturrock

Washington Post Book World

A Lion for Love is a splendid example of a rare and difficult critical genre: a biography which chronicles and interprets development of a character of complex imaginative genius, and at the same time introduces a lucid critical reading of his works.
— Julia Epstein

Times Literary Supplement

[An] excellent and balanced biography.
— Anita Brookner

Washington Star - Larry McMurty
A A Lion for Love is a model of critical biography—a fascinating biography of a fascinating man.
New Leader - John Simon
The publication of A Lion for Love, by Robert Alter with the collaboration of his wife, Carol Cosman, supplies at last a fine,
perceptive, concise critical biography of Stendhal, written with a clarity and good sense worthy of its subject...Alter and
Cosman...wear their erudition with becoming lightness.
New York Times Book Review - John Sturrock
This excellent short biography...brings out both the charms and the complexities of Stendhal. The tone of the book is discreetly admiring, but ironic enough when need be to remind one of the saving and consummate irony of its subject.
Washington Post Book World - Julia Epstein
A Lion for Love is a splendid example of a rare and difficult critical genre: a biography which chronicles and interprets development of a character of complex imaginative genius, and at the same time introduces a lucid critical reading of his works.
Times Literary Supplement - Anita Brookner
[An] excellent and balanced biography.
New York Times Book Review
This excellent short biography...brings out both the charms and the complexities of Stendhal. The tone of the book is discreetly admiring, but ironic enough when need be to remind one of the saving and consummate irony of its subject.
— John Sturrock
Times Literary Supplement
[An] excellent and balanced biography.
— Anita Brookner
Washington Post Book World
A Lion for Love is a splendid example of a rare and difficult critical genre: a biography which chronicles and interprets development of a character of complex imaginative genius, and at the same time introduces a lucid critical reading of his works.
— Julia Epstein
Washington Star
A A Lion for Love is a model of critical biography—a fascinating biography of a fascinating man.
— Larry McMurty
New Leader
The publication of A Lion for Love, by Robert Alter with the collaboration of his wife, Carol Cosman, supplies at last a fine,
perceptive, concise critical biography of Stendhal, written with a clarity and good sense worthy of its subject...Alter and Cosman...wear their erudition with becoming lightness.
— John Simon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674535756
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/1986
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,241,994
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Alter is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous critical works, the most recent of which is the prize-winning book The Art of Biblical Narrative.
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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Roman Prelude


  1. Part One: the Young Man from the Provinces
  2. Grenoble (Aetat. 1-16)
  3. Paris (Aetat. 16-17)
  4. Italy (Aetat. 17-18)
  5. Return To Paris (Aetat. 19-22)

  6. Part Two: The Initiate
  7. Marseilles (Aetat. 22-23)
  8. Prussia and Paris (Aetat. 23-28)
  9. Milan (Aetat. 28-29)
  10. Moscow to Milan (Aetat. 29-31)

  11. Part Three: The Free Lance
  12. Milan (Aetat. 31-38)
  13. Paris (Aetat. 38-44)
  14. The End of the Paris Years (Aetat. 44-47)

  15. Part Four: The Consul
  16. Civiatavecchia (Aetat. 48-53)
  17. Paris (Aetat. 53-55)
  18. Civiatavecchia and Paris (Aetat. 56-59)

  • Index
  • Illustrations

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