SCENES FROM A COURTESAN’S LIFE
or, how A courtesan can love
In 1824, at the last opera ball of the season, several
masks were struck by the beauty of a youth who was
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...