THE MUSE OF THE DEPARTMENT
On the skirts of Le Berry stands a town which, watered
by the Loire, infallibly attracts the traveler’s
eye. Sancerre crowns the topmost height of a
chain of hil...
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...