Stendhal., trans. & edited by Robert M. Adams., W. W. Norton & Co., nd, c1969, 2nd printing, 'A Norton Critical Edition', stiff wrapps, fine, 572 pps w/bibliography, 8vo, 'A New Translation, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism'
Near Fine. First published in France in 1831 and translated into English by E. P. Robins in 1898 in a limited edition. This translation by Charles Tergie is effectively the first trade edition of Stendahl's masterpiece. Original decorative black cloth, lettered in gilt and stamped in red. A nearly Fine copy of this scarce book with just minor wear at the spine ends, foxing to the end paper and a gift inscription from Thomas George Banks to a friend in the Ministry of Munitions, with the Ministry's stamp. A decidedly scarce book with no copies for sale, besides this one, and none in the auction record for either of the two early English translations. A handful of copies of the 1898 translation appear in institutional collections, but just a single copy of this edition, in the British Library according to OCLC. Stendhal's surprisingly modern bildungsroman about the rise and fall of the romantic Julian Sorel, who attempts to climb the rungs of French society and surpass the expectations of his modest, rural upbringing. The novel is not only an exploration of Julian's own psychological and spiritual struggles but also a satire of the clergy and French society in general. "The Red and The Black, like much of Stendhal's work, was not appreciated in his own day. It was only after Stendhal's death that critics began to realize what a revolutionary stylist he was. He's currently credited as one of the fathers of psychological realism due to the space he devotes to his characters' inner lives. Stendhal is notoriously hard to translate and this translation is still thought of by many to be the best. "Stendhal's mind was of the first order… he wrote his two novels, which so few people have read, in a spirit of fearless liberty." (Joseph Conrad). Near Fine.
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