of the Beresina
Marechal Victor, when he started, about nine at night,
from the heights of Studzianka, which he had defended,
as the rear-guard of the retreating army, during th...
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...