Benjamin Constant: A Biography

Benjamin Constant: A Biography

by Dennis Wood
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Taylor & Francis
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Benjamin Constant: A Biography

'For forty years I have defended the same principle: freedom in everything, in religion, in philosophy, in literature, in industry, in politics - and by freedom I mean the triumph of the individual.'
Constant thus summarized his beliefs at the end of his life. A political theorist and a passionate defender of individual liberty, he was also the author of one of the greatest French novels of psychological insight, Adolphe. In a major new biography Dennis Wood traces the development of Constant as a writer centrally preoccupied with the problematics of freedom, not only in the fields of politics and religious belief but also in his own troubled relationship with several women.

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ISBN-13: 9780415019378
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/1993
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.00(d)
Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

1. `The Grief That Does Not Speak': Constant and his Father (1767-1783) 2. `The Charms of Friendship' (1783-1785) 3. Isabelle de Charriere (1785-1787) 4. Escape (1787-1788) 5. The Brunswick Years (1788-1794) 6. Germaine de Stael (1794-1800) 7. `The Intermittence of the Heart' (1800-1806) 8. `Italiam, Italiam' (1806-1812) 9. The End of an Empire (1812-1816) 10. Adolphe (1816-1819) 11. Apotheosis (1819-1830) Epilogue

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