AMBITION FOR LOVE’S SAKE
In 1823 two young men, having agreed as a plan for
a holiday to make a tour through Switzerland, set
out from Lucerne one fine morning in the month of
July in a boat pul...
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...