The commercial traveller, a personage unknown to antiquity,
is one of the striking figures created by the manners
and customs of our present epoch. May he not,
in some conceivable orde...
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...