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Adolphe by Benjamin Constant
Book DescriptionAdolphe is a privileged and refined young man, bored by the stupidity he perceives in the world around him. After a number of meaningless conquests, he at last encounters Ellenore, a beautiful and passionate older woman. Adolphe is enraptured and gradually wears down her resistance to his declarations of love. But as they embark on an intense and tortured affair, Ellenore gives way to a flood of emotion that only serves to repel her younger lover - yet he cannot bring himself to leave her and his procrastination can only bring tragedy. Partly inspired by Constant's own stormy affair with Madame de Stael, "Adolphe" (1816) is a penetrating psychological depiction of love that plumbs the depths of the passions, motives and inconsistencies of the human character.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140441345
(199mm x 133mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Jul-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Benjamin Constant
Red Notebook, Paperback (March 2012)
Published posthumously, The Red Notebook is an autobiographical account of the youth of the author of the seminal Romantic novel Adolphe, relating Constant's European travels and readings, as well as his first steps in society and romance.
Adolphe, Paperback (September 2010)
Translation originally published: Patheon Books, 1948.
Constant: Political Writings, Paperback (November 1988)» View all books by Benjamin Constant
This 1988 book is an English translation of the major political works of Benjamin Constant.
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