Monsieur de Manerville, the father, was a worthy Norman
gentleman, well known to the Marechael de Richelieu,
who married him to one of the richest heiresses of
Bordeaux in the day...
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...