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The Red Notebook

By Benjamin Constant

Translated by Douglas Parmée

ISBN: 9781847492760

96 pages

RRP: £7.19

Published posthumously, The Red Notebook is an account of the youth of the author of the seminal Romantic novel Adolphe, relating Constant’s eccentric and peripatetic education, his introduction to European high society and the kindling of his literary ambitions – as well as his often comic and calamitous early experiences with the opposite sex and the development of his ruinous gambling habit.

Part picaresque romp and part Bildungsroman, this is a spirited look at life and Romantic sensibilities on the eve of the nineteenth century and a fine example of early autobiographical writing.

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  • One of those rare men who furbish, polish and sharpen the general ideas of their times.

    Victor Hugo

  • There is never a dull moment … a consummate example of the picaresque novel and a brilliant example of Constant’s skill.

    from Douglas Parmée’s Introduction

Benjamin Constant

Henri-Benjamin Constant (1767–1830) was a Swiss-born nobleman, thinker, writer and French politician. He is now best remembered for his seminal novel Adolphe, a classic of French Romanticism.

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