The following personages appear in other stories of
the Human Comedy.
Note: The Commission in Lunacy is also known
as The Interdiction and is referred to by that title
in certain 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...