Mme. de Bargeton and Lucien de Rubempre had left
Angouleme behind, and were traveling together upon
the road to Paris. Not one of the party who made
that journey alluded to it afterwards;...
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...