Felix de Vandenesse to Madame la
Comtesse Natalie de Manerville:
I yield to your wishes. It is the
privilege of the women whom we love more than they
love us to make the men who love...
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...