SONS OF THE SOIL
Whoso land hath, contention
Les Aigues, August 6, 1823.
To Monsieur Nathan,
My dear Nathan,—­You, who provide the public
with such delight...
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...