A bedroom of the sixteenth
On a winter’s night, about two in the morning,
the Comtesse Jeanne d’Herouville felt such violent
pains that in spi...
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...