TO MADAME ZULMA CARRAUD
To whom, madame, but to you should I inscribe
this work; to you whose lofty and candid intellect
is a treasury to your friends; to you that are to
me not only a whole public, b...
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...