Histoire d'Eleonore de Parme

source perdue de 'La Chartreuse de Parme'

Edited by Richard Bolster

Histoire d'Eleonore de Parme
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Edited by Richard Bolster

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

32 pages | illustrations | 7-9/10 x 5-4/5
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9780859895361 Published January 1997 For sale in North and South America only
In 1810, Stendhal read the sentimental novella Histoire d’Eléonore de Parme, whose anonymous author was certainly a woman.  His interest in English Gothic literature was aroused when such novels became popular in France after the Revolution.  Can it be asserted that Stendhal took inspiration from this novella when he wrote La Chartreuse de Parme?  The cultural affinity between the two texts is certain, and there are significant similarities between the two narratives.  Stendhal told Balzac he had a real model for the characters of Sandrino and Clélia, but it is probable he did not take inspiration from life, but rather from the fictional Eléonore.
This is Volume XCVIII in the series Exeter French Texts/Textes littéraires.  It includes an introduction, select bibliography and essential notes, all in French.
Modern Language Review

“ . . . interesting reading not only for Stendhalians. Scholars working on French-British interchange of the period, or French women's writing, will want to read Bolster's account of the overwhelming influence of English literature on French during the post-Revolutionary thirty years, and the sheer impact of novels written by women for women in both centuries.” –Modern Language Review

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