Scènes de la vie privée, Volume 2

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Éditions de L'Originale, 2007 - Fiction - 414 pages
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Balzac's first collection of short stories exploring women's role in society in various conjugal situations -- the daughter marrying against the father's wishes; the young woman marrying for love only to find she is no match for her husband's philandering; the unfaithful wife who brings her family to the brink of ruin; the religious zealot who so poisons her husband's existence so that he decides to lead a double life; the young woman who wishes at all costs to marry an aristocrat and who rejects the man she loves because she does not deem him of noble birth; the lovely, intelligent wife who uses her wiles to bring her straying husband back into the fold. This edition reproduces the text of the 1830 first edition. It comes with a cd-rom containing the scholarly apparatus prepared by Andrew Oliver, a renowned Balzac scholar.

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Born on May 20, 1799, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Balzac studied in Paris and worked as a law clerk while pursuing an unsuccessful career as an author. He soon accumulated enormous debts that haunted him most of his life. A prolific writer, Balzac would often write for 14 to-16 hours at a time. His writing is marked by realistic portrayals of ordinary, but exaggerated characters and intricate detail. In 1834, Balzac began organizing his works into a collection called The Human Comedy, an attempt to group his novels to present a complete social history of France. Characters in this project reappeared throughout various volumes, which ultimately consisted of approximately 90 works. Some of his works include Cesar Birotteau, Le Cousin Pons, Seraphita, and Le Cousine Bette. Balzac wed his lifelong love, Eveline Hanska in March 1850 although he was gravely ill at the time. Balzac died in August of that year.

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