Books: Garrison Romance

LUCIEN LEUWEN (BOOK ONE: THE GREEN HUNTSMAN) (388 pp.) — Henri Beyle [Stendhal]—Translated by Louise Varése—New Directions ($3.50).

A major work by a great French novelist is making its first appearance in English. But because of curious circumstances and the laggard energy for which publishers are noted, there has been a slight delay of 115 years between French composition and English publication. This is how it happened:

Henri Beyle, who used the nom de plume of Stendhal, wrote Lucien Leuwen between 1834 and 1836, while he was French consul (for the regime of King...

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