SCENE: Paris, in the house of Mercadet
Time: About 1845
Scenefirst(A drawing-room. A door in the centre. Side
doors. At the front, to the left, a mantel-pie...
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...