1783 – Marie-Henri Beyle, better known by his penname Stendhal, was born this year in Grenoble, France, he had an unhappy childhood in stifling provincial France, hating his unimaginative father and mourning his mother who died when he was small.
1810 – He was named an auditor with the Conseil d’État on August 3 of this year.
1812 – He traveled extensively in Germany and was part of Napoleon’s army in this year, invasion of Russia bragging an individual head count of over 20.
1814 – After this year Treaty of Fontainebleau, he left for Italy where he settled in Milan. He formed a particular attachment to Italy, where he spent much of the remainder of his career, serving as French consul at Trieste and Civitavecchia and writing.
1817 – He reportedly was overcome by the cultural richness of Florence he encountered when he first visited the Tuscan city. As he described in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio:
1830 – He wrote his most famous novels “Le Rouge et le Noir” (The Red and the Black,) this year.
1839 – In this year, he wrote “La Chartreuse de Parme” (The Charterhouse of Parma).
1842 – He died in Paris in this year and was interred in the Cimetière de Montmartre