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So far as I know the first novelist who did this with deliberate intention was
Stendhal in Le Rouge et le Noir . Contemporary criticism was outraged . Even
Sainte - Beuve , who needed only to look into his own heart to discover what
I do not think that Stendhal has succeeded in making him entirely plausible , but
that , I believe , is due to causes that I shall mention in another part of this book .
For the first three quarters of the novel he is perfectly consistent . Sometimes he ...
Stendhal , in one of his manuscripts , has written the names of the persons who
had suggested his characters ; Dickens , as we all know , portrayed his father in
Mr Micawber and Leigh Hunt in Harold Skimpole . Turgenev stated that he could
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