History Of The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac

History Of The Thirteen

byHonore de BalzacTranslated byHerbert J. HuntEditorHerbert J. Hunt

Paperback | November 30, 1975

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Passionate and perceptive, the three short novels that make up Balzac's History of the Thirteen are concerned in part with the activities of a rich, powerful, sinister and unscrupulous secret society in nineteenth-century France. While the deeds of 'The Thirteen' remain frequently in the background, however, the individual novels are concerned with exploring various forms of desire. A tragic love story, Ferragus depicts a marriage destroyed by suspicion, revelation and misunderstanding. The Duchess de Langeais explores the anguish that results when a society coquette tries to seduce a heroic ex-soldier, while The Girl with the Golden Eyes offers a frank consideration of desire and sexuality. Together, these works provide a firm and fascinating foundation for Balzac's many later portrayals of Parisian life in his great novel-cycle The Human Comedy.

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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...
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Title:History Of The ThirteenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.73 inPublished:November 30, 1975Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140443010

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The genius of Honore De Balzac is indisputable after reading the Penguin Classics edition of History of the Thirteen. Herbert J. Hunt translates De Balzac’s classic trilogy of a secret society and the nature of love. Nowhere else is the author’s passion and brilliance more apparent than in “Ferragus,” “La Duchesse de Langeais” and “The Girl with Golden Eyes,” all stories of sexuality, love and desire. These works make up the very foundation from which De Balzac later built his famous literary scenes of Parisian life.