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Stendhal (1783-1842) was the nom-de-plume of Marie-Henri Beyle, who was born in Grenoble in 1783. He served in the army under Napoleon, but on the restoration of the monarchy moved to Italy, where he started his career as a travel writer. His great love of the arts, and his declared ecstatic dizziness at the overwhelming beauty and magnificence of Italian paintings, frescoes, statues, and architecture, particularly in Florence, led to the recent coining of the "Stendhal Syndrome." On his...See more