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Honore de Balzac

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The son of a civil servant, Honoré de Balzac was born in 1799 in Tours, France. After attending boarding school in Vendôme, he gravitated to Paris where he worked as a legal clerk and a hack writer, using various pseudonyms, often in collaboration with other writers. Balzac turned exclusively to fiction at the age of thirty and went on to write a large number of novels and short stories set amid turbulent nineteenth-century France. He entitled his collective works The Human Comedy. Along with Victor Hugo and Dumas père and fils, Balzac was one of the pillars of French romantic literature... Read More

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Cousin Bette

Written by Honore de Balzac

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $20.00

Introduction by Michael Tilby; Translation by James Waring

Written in 1846 at the height of Balzac’s powers, this novel portrays the stunningly malevolent Cousin Bette and her intricate plans for revenge against the wealthy relatives on whom she depends and whose condescension she bitterly resents. As Bette’s insidious deceit relentlessly unravels... Read more >

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Eugenie Grandet

Written by Honore de Balzac

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 3, 1992
Price: $17.00

Translated By Ellen Marriage with An Introduction By Fredric R. Jameson

Many people (among them Henry James) have considered Balzac to be the greatest of all novelists. Eugenie Grandet, his spare, classical story of a girl whose life is blighted by her father’s hysterical greed, goes a long way to justifying that... Read more >

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Old Goriot

Written by Honore de Balzac

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 1991
Price: $22.00

Introduction by Daniel Adamson Read more >
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