There is a house at Douai in the rue de Paris, whose
aspect, interior arrangements, and details have preserved,
to a greater degree than those of other domiciles,
the characteristics of the ...
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...