New Adventures

Paperback | January 4, 2012

byMichael Monahan

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PORTRAITS AND PREFERENCES ONE BALZAC THE LOVER ITING TO his beloved sister, Laure, ? ? in the midst of his first obscure literary efforts, Balzac said: "I have none of the' flowers of life, and yet I am in the season when they bloom! What is the good of fortune and joys when youth is past? Of what use the actor's garments if one does not play the role? The old man is one who has dined and looks at others eating. I am young and my plate is empty, and I am hungry, Laure! Will ever my two only, immense desires--to be famous and to be loved--be satisfied?" They were, in a fashion memorable enough-- and this was the life-tragedy of Honore de Balzac. It is said that there have been nearly as many books, essays, monographs written upon the great French novelist as upon Shakespeare, and there is yet no let-up to this torrent of literature called forth by one of the greatest of its masters. The fact is eloquent of the supremacy of Balzac, seeing that Shakespeare had over two hundred years the start of him and that he worked in what is regarded as a higher domain of letters. Scarcely less interesting is the fact that the greater part of the literature which in several tongues has swelled the Balzac "legend," deals mainly with the man's life and personality. It is much to say, but the remark may be ventured, that the "Human Comedy" is in some danger of being eclipsed in point of interest by the author thereof. Sixty-six years after his death in a tragic despair that he was not suffered to complete his giant task, Balzac has entered upon a harvest of fame of which even he never dreamed. "Glory," he once wrote, " is the sun of the dead;" --that sun is now fully risen upon the builder of the "Human Comedy." BALZAC'S STUDIES of women in his novels, especially the great...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PORTRAITS AND PREFERENCES ONE BALZAC THE LOVER ITING TO his beloved sister, Laure, ? ? in the midst of his first obscure literary efforts...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217261531

ISBN - 13:9780217261531

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