On a cold morning in December, towards the close of
the year 1612, a young man, whose clothing betrayed
his poverty, was standing before the door of a house
in the Rue des Grands-Augustine, ...
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...