THE DESERTED WOMAN
In the early spring of 1822, the Paris doctors sent
to Lower Normandy a young man just recovering from
an inflammatory complaint, brought on by overstudy,
or perhaps by excess of so...
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...