Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

Honore de Balzac, His Life and Writings

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HONORE DE BALZAC, HIS LIFE ***

Produced by John Bickers and Dagny Wilson

First published 1904.

HONORE DE BALZAC HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS

BY

MARY F. SANDARS

PREFACE

Books about Balzac would fill a fair-sized library. Criticisms on his novels abound, and his contemporaries have provided us with several amusing volumes dealing in a humorous spirit with his eccentricities, and conveying the impression that the author of "La Cousine Bette" and "Le Pere Goriot" was nothing more than an amiable buffoon.

Nevertheless, by some strange anomaly, there exists no Life of him derived from original sources, incorporating the information available since the appearance of the volume called "Lettres a l'Etrangere." This book, which is the source of much of our present knowledge of Balzac, is a collection of letters written by him from 1833 to 1844 to Madame Hanska, the Polish lady who afterwards became his wife. The letters are exact copies of the originals, having been made by the Vicomte de Spoel...

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