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Written by Honore de BalzacAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Honore de Balzac
Translated by Richard HowardAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Howard
Introduction by Arthur C. DantoAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Arthur C. Danto

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On Sale: January 26, 2011
Pages: 160 | ISBN: 978-1-59017-415-9
Published by : NYRB Classics New York Review Books
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A New York Review Books Original

One of Honoré de Balzac's most celebrated tales, "The Unknown Masterpiece" is the story of a painter who, depending on one's perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental genius—or both. The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's words, a "fable of modern art."

Published here in a new translation by poet Richard Howard, "The Unknown Masterpiece" appears, as Balzac intended, with "Gambara," a grotesque and tragic novella about a musician undone by his dreams.
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“The greatest novelist of the nineteenth century and perhaps of all time.” —The New York Times

“The hero of The Unknown Masterpiece, Frenhofer, is one of Balzac’s archetypal artists. . .” —TheWashington Post

  • The Unknown Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac
  • August 31, 2000
  • Fiction - Literary; Fiction
  • NYRB Classics
  • $14.00
  • 9780940322745

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