JudasThe autumn of the year 1803 was one of the finest
in the early part of that period of the present century
which we now call “Empire.” Rain
had refreshed the ear...
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...