A DAUGHTER OF EVE
In one of the finest houses of the rue Neuve-des-Mathurins,
at half-past eleven at night, two young women were
sitting before the fireplace of a boudoir hung...
The French novelist Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) was the first writer to use fiction to convey the total social scene prevailing within one country at a particular period in its history. Common...
Had Balzac been a less masterful novelist, the disreputably profligate fraud in him might have overwhelmed his artistry. Still, the other Balzac, the artist, is tainted by his well-earned reputation f...