AND THE MAN
On a lovely spring morning in the year 1829, a man
of fifty or thereabouts was wending his way on horseback
along the mountain road that leads to a large village
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...
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