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Classical Contributors
Balzac, Honore De
Fletcher, John
Hofmansthal, Hugo von
Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de
Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de
Racine, Jean
Regnard, Jean-François
Rostand, Edmond
Schnitzler, Arthur
Shakespeare, William
Zola, Emile

Original Contributors
Castellano, Deborah
Gilbert-Hill, Richard
Lindsay, Barbara
Podgorski, Leigh
Ripley, David
Thomas, Freyda

Henri Beyle, who called himself Stendhal, (and, like Molière, nobody knows why or where he got the name) was one of the great early to mid 19th century French novelists and writers. Best known for his masterpieces LE ROUGE ET LE NOIR (The Red and the Black) and The Charterhouse of Parma. He also wrote travel books, literature, art criticism and biographies of W.A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn. He was born in Grenoble. His father was a well-to-do lawyer and landowner. When the French empire fell in 1814 Stendahl decided to settle in Italy. His travel book, ROME, NAPLES ET FLORENCE EN 1817, appeared in 1817 and was the first publication for which he used the pen name Stendhal. In 1821 he returned to France and settled in Paris, frequenting the salons. He spent the rest of his life writing successfully and prolifically.

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