Road to Fame
STENDHAL; The Life of an Egoist-Rudolf KayserHenry Holt ($3).
Henri-Marie Beyle, who called himself, among other pseudonyms, Baron de Stendhalsensualist, cynic, soldier, exile, diplomat, authorwrote his first novel at 44 and said of himself: "Je serai compris ners 1900 [I shall be understood about 1900]."
Henri's father, whom he always disliked and later spoke of usually as "the bastard," was a royalist who escaped the fury of the French Revolution only because he was a citizen of out-of-the-way Grenoble. There Henri was born in 1783, and naturally grew up as...