The Red Notebook

Translated by Douglas Parmée


  • New Paperback | 96 pp.
  • ISBN: 9781847492760
  • Published: 2012

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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.

A spirited look at life and Romantic sensibilities on the eve of the nineteenth century, this narrative is a priceless document and a fine example of early autobiographical writing.


'One of those rare men who furbish, polish, and sharpen the general ideas of their times.' Victor Hugo

'There is never a dull moment... a consummate example of the picaresque novel and a brilliant example of Constant’s skill.' from Douglas Parmée’s Introduction


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Henri-Benjamin Constant (1767–1830) was a Swiss-born nobleman, thinker, writer and French politician. He is now best remembered for his seminal novel Adolphe, a classic of French Romanticism.

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