It is somewhat remarkable that Balzac,
dealing as he did with traits of character and the
minute and daily circumstances of life, has never
been accused of representing actual persons in the
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...