THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
One winter evening, in a princely palace at Ferrara,
Don Juan Belvidero was giving a banquet to a prince
of the house of Este. A banquet in those times
was a marvelous spectac...
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...