At the time when this story opens, the Stanhope press
and the ink-distributing roller were not as yet in
general use in small provincial printing establishments.
Even at Angouleme, so ...
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...