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[sten-dahl, stan-; French stahn-dal] /stɛnˈdɑl, stæn-; French stɑnˈdal/
(Marie Henri Beyle) 1783–1842, French novelist and critic. Unabridged
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  • His novels are the novels of ideas dear to Balzac, though tinged with romance—a Stendhal of the sea.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • But Stendhal himself would have accepted no limitation of his freedom.

  • Stendhal was a citizen of the world—and to the last a Frenchman.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Stendhal says that our two most patent vices are bashfulness and cant.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • For Stendhal was an intellectual in the fullest sense of the term.

    Modernities Horace Barnett Samuel
  • For it must be confessed that Stendhal approves of extremely few people.

  • Like Goethe or Stendhal, Conrad can write in the midst of war's alarums about the hair's-breadth 'scapes of his characters.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • Stendhal disliked America; to him all things democratic were abhorrent.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Some one said that Stendhal looked like an apothecary—Homais, presumably, or M. Prudhomme.

    Egoists James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Stendhal


/French stɛ̃dal/
original name Marie Henri Beyle. 1783–1842, French writer, who anticipated later novelists in his psychological analysis of character. His two chief novels are Le Rouge et le noir (1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (1839)
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Stendhal in Culture
Stendhal [(sten-dahl)]

The nom de plume of the nineteenth-century French writer and critic Henry Marie Bayle. A major influence on the development of the modern novel, Stendhal's romantic, psychologically realistic works include The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma.

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