TheChaletAt the beginning of October, 1829, Monsieur Simon
Babylas Latournelle, notary, was walking up from Havre
to Ingouville, arm in arm with his son and accompanied
by his wife, at whose...
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...