The last word
of two great coquettes
After the disasters of the revolution of July, which
destroyed so many aristocratic fortunes dependent
on the court, Madame la Princesse de Cadignan 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...
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