Honoré de Balzac | Critical Essay by Tim Farrant

This literature criticism consists of approximately 34 pages of analysis & critique of Honor de Balzac.
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Critical Essay by Tim Farrant

SOURCE: Farrant, Tim. Introduction to Balzac's Shorter Fictions, pp. 1-18. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

In the following essay, Farrant discusses Balzac's shorter works—stories, articles, and fragments—and their relationship to and development into his longer works, exploring in the course of the discussion the idea of brevity and the role of the fragmented in Balzac's fiction.

Balzac, on paper and in person, has a reputation for being long. Here is one sleepless victim of the author:

La nuit qui suivit cette soirée un peu tendue, se passa dans une chambre à deux lits, offerte aux deux visiteurs; au lieu d'écrire quelques notes, Balzac se plut à exprimer à son compagnon avec une verve et un brio intarissables, les impressions qu'il venait de recevoir; il eût...

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