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Stendhal or the Pursuit of Happiness
     

Stendhal or the Pursuit of Happiness

by Matthew Josephson
 
On Stendhal: "The study of human nature, 'the observation of the human heart and its passions,' was his constant preoccupation. But where could he study the passions better than in himself? Though he lived exuberantly, submitting himself to experience... he went on incessantly writing down everything that happened to him just as it happened. he even led to perform

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On Stendhal: "The study of human nature, 'the observation of the human heart and its passions,' was his constant preoccupation. But where could he study the passions better than in himself? Though he lived exuberantly, submitting himself to experience... he went on incessantly writing down everything that happened to him just as it happened. he even led to perform some remarkable experiments upon himself.He laid claim to having been a soldier, a man of fortune, a great lover, a society wit, a diplomat, a traveler, and even, sometimes, a revolutionary conspirator."Fifty years after his death he becomes one of the demigods of the world's letters, taking his place in the ranks of the great social writers who appeared toward the end of the last century. his manner of life itself has fascinated whole regiments of literary scholars in France, Italy and Germany in the last forty years." -Matthew Josephson, From the Introduction (1946) "Like Josephson's Victor Hugo, it is the best and most comprehensive English study of its subject, a careful collection of material, skillfully assembled and organized...When Freud read Stendhal's memoirs of his childhood and adolescence he called them 'a manifestation of psychological genius.' Stendhal, he saw, had been a Freudian some 70 years before Freud himself."-TIME Magazine (1946)

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ISBN-13:
9780974261560
Publisher:
Jorge Pinto Books, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

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