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By: Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Letters of Two Brides by Honore de Balzac Letters of Two Brides

An epistolary novel written by renowned French novelist Balzac, who is regarded as one of the founders of realism and a significant influence to later novelists, the novel focuses on two young women who preserve their friendship through regular correspondence. Originally published in the French newspaper La Presse in 1841 as a serial, the piece later became a part of Balzac’s distinguished novel sequence La Comédie Humaine, or The Human Comedy. Furthermore, Letters of Two Brides surrounds intriguing topics including love, romance, confusion, duty, and the complexity of relationships...

By: Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)

La femme de trente ans by Honoré de Balzac (French) La femme de trente ans

Malgré l’avis de son père, Juliette épouse l’homme dont elle est follement amoureuse, un colonel de Napoléon à l’avenir prometteur. Les années passant, elle réalise que son père avait bien raison… Un gentilhomme anglais, qui s’est épris d’elle, parvient à gagner son coeur. Elle restera malgré tout vertueuse, causant ainsi, sans le vouloir, sa mort. Une nouvelle rencontre, M. de Vandenesse, changera drastiquement le cours de sa vie. Cela aura des conséquences bien funestes sur le bonheur de sa famille...

Le père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac (French) Le père Goriot

Le Père Goriot est un roman d’Honoré de Balzac, écrit en 1834, dont la publication débute dans la Revue de Paris et qui paraît en 1835 en librairie. Il fait partie des Scènes de la vie privée de la Comédie humaine. Le Père Goriot établit les bases de ce qui deviendra un véritable édifice : la Comédie humaine, construction littéraire unique en son genre, avec des liens entre les volumes, des passerelles, des renvois. (Résumé par Wikipédia) Le Père Goriot (English: Father Goriot or Old Goriot) is an 1835 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), included in the Scènes de la vie privée section of his novel sequence La Comédie humaine...

Sarrasine by Honoré de Balzac Sarrasine

Published by Honoré de Balzac in the tempestuous year of 1830, the tale follows the undulating pathways of Sarrasine the sculptor’s shocking journey to his coming of age. As one of the “fathers of realism” Balzac painted with his words a vivid portrait of life in the swirling salons of Europe at the end of the Bourbon monarchy, and we follow Sarrasine from France to Italy in search of both his métier and his muse.However it is also the story of La Zambinella, an Italian singer with whom Sarrasine falls madly and passionately in love. But that passion holds a secret which Sarrasine spies too late.

Scènes de la vie privée by Honoré de Balzac (French) Scènes de la vie privée

Ce n’était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d’une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d’existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu’on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne...

The Girl with the Golden Eyes by Honoré de Balzac The Girl with the Golden Eyes

"Give me a feast such as men give when they love," she said, "and whilst I sleep, slay me..."Listeners who like to plunge straight into a story would do well to skip the lengthy preamble. Here, Balzac the virtuoso satirist depicts the levels of Parisian society as a version of the Inferno of Dante - but perhaps keeps the reader waiting too long for the first act of his operatic extravaganza.Our beautiful, androgynous hero, Henri de Marsay, is one of the bastard offspring of a depraved Regency milord and himself practises the cynical arts of the libertine...

Farewell by Honoré de Balzac Farewell

In his startling and tragic novella Farewell (‘Adieu’), Balzac adds to the 19th century’s literature of the hysterical woman: sequestered, confined in her madness; mute, or eerily chanting in her moated grange. The first Mrs Rochester lurks in the wings; the Lady of Shalott waits for the shadowy reflection of the world outside to shatter her illusion. Freud’s earliest patients will soon enter the waiting-room in their turn. Whilst out hunting two friends come across a strange waif-like woman shut up in a decaying chateau which one of them dubs “the Palace of the Sleeping Beauty”...

Les comédiens sans le savoir by Honoré de Balzac (French) Les comédiens sans le savoir

MANUAL OF SURGERY, OXFORD MEDICAL PUBLICATIONSBY ALEXIS THOMSON, F.R.C.S.Ed.PREFACE TO SIXTH EDITION Much has happened since this Manual was last revised, and many surgical lessons have been learned in the hard school of war. Some may yet have to be unlearned, and others have but little bearing on the problems presented to the civilian surgeon. Save in its broadest principles, the surgery of warfare is a thing apart from the general surgery of civil life, and the exhaustive literature now available on every aspect of it makes it unnecessary that it should receive detailed consideration in a manual for students...

Modeste Mignon by Honoré de Balzac Modeste Mignon

Modeste Mignon, a young provincial woman of romantic temperament, imagines herself to be in love with the famous Parisian poet Melchior de Canalis. However, he is not moved by her attentions. He invites his secretary Ernest de la Brière to "deal with the matter". Ernest answers Modeste's letters in his name and acts as her lover, disguised as Canalis. The scene changes dramatically when Ernest discoveres that Modest is, in fact, a rich heiress. Would he be able to win her heart despite his lie?

Louis Lambert by Honoré de Balzac Louis Lambert

Louis Lambert is an 1832 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), included in the Études philosophiques section of his novel sequence La Comédie humaine. Set mostly in a school at Vendôme, it examines the life and theories of a boy genius fascinated by the Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). Balzac wrote Louis Lambert during the summer of 1832 while he was staying with friends at the Château de Saché, and published three editions with three different titles...

Scènes de la vie de province tome I by Honoré de Balzac (French) Scènes de la vie de province tome I

Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne...

Book cover Father Goriot

One of Balzac's most popular works, set around 1815 during the re-ascendancy of the Bourbon kings following the defeat of Napoleon. Said to have been an inspiration to Charles Dickens and Henry James as well as others, the novel seeks to portray the realism of scenes and people. It is also a commentary upon the changing social strata and mores of the day.

Book cover (German) Die Frau von dreißig Jahren
Book cover (French) Eugénie Grandet
Book cover The Unknown Masterpiece 1845
Book cover (German) Große und kleine Welt
Book cover Eugénie Grandet

Eugénie Grandet, first published in 1833, is one of Honoré de Balzac's finest novels, and one of the first works in what would become his large novel series titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in a provincial town in post-Revolutionary France, the story deals with money, avarice, love, and obsession. A wealthy old miser must manage the passion of his innocent daughter, who later has to navigate on her own the treacherous ways of a world in which money is "the only god." Balzac's meticulous use of psychological and physical detail influenced the development of 19th-century literary realism, in the hands of writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, and Henry James.

Book cover Magic Skin

Something along the lines of Dorian Gray as part of the Comedies Humane Philosophique, this is Balzac's first successful novel. He even wrote "criticisms" of the writing himself in promotion of the book, in addition to hyping the work before it even came out. It is a criticism of materialism and French bourgeoisie as so many of his compiled works seek to be. Some same characters reappear.

Book cover Cousin Betty

Cousin Betty (La Cousine Bette), published in serial format in 1846, was one of the last and greatest of Balzac's works. It was part of his long novel collection titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in mid-19th-century France, it tells the story of a woman who resents her position as a "poor relation." As we follow her schemes to bring ruin upon the more privileged members of her family, we see a society in transition. The stability and idealism of the old order give way to a new bourgeois world in which virtue is strangled in the struggle for power and money...

Book cover Colonel Chabert
Book cover Droll Stories
The Works Of Balzac by Honoré de Balzac The Works Of Balzac
Book cover (French) Contes bruns
Book cover The Human Comedy: Introductions and Appendix
Book cover (French) La Maison du Chat-qui-pelote
Book cover Lost Illusions
Book cover Catherine De Medici
Book cover Cousin Pons

Cousin Pons is one of the final works in Balzac's long novel series titled The Human Comedy. It was published in 1847, along with Cousin Betty, as one of a complementary pair of novels, collectively titled Poor Relations. While Cousin Betty tells the story of a bitter woman who seeks revenge on her wealthier relations, in Cousin Pons, Balzac turns to the story of an timid, innocent man who is exploited and victimized by the wealthier members of his extended family.Balzac offers probing character portraits and an indictment of greed and materialism in this detailed portrait of mid-19th-century French life...

Book cover The Chouans
Book cover A Woman of Thirty
Book cover At the Sign of the Cat & Racket
Book cover The Lily of the Valley
Book cover Gobseck

Part of the La Comedie Humane and something of a sequence to Balzac's Father Goriot, the short book's title is the name of the pawn broker/money lender the father Goriot utilized to maintain his spoiled daughters in the luxury he had accustomed them to. This is a continuation of the tale of one of those daughters, Mme Restaud.

Book cover Scenes from a Courtesan's Life
Book cover A Distinguished Provincial at Paris
Book cover The Atheist's Mass
Book cover A Passion in the Desert
Book cover The Hidden Masterpiece
Book cover Adieu
Book cover An Historical Mystery
Book cover The Country Doctor
The Works of Honoré de Balzac About Catherine de' Medici, Seraphita and Other Stories by Honoré de Balzac The Works of Honoré de Balzac About Catherine de' Medici, Seraphita and Other Stories
Book cover The Physiology of Marriage
Book cover The Duchesse De Langeais
Book cover Seraphita
Book cover Albert Savarus
Book cover Ferragus
Book cover Christ in Flanders
Book cover The Napoleon of the People
Book cover Beatrix
Book cover The Marriage Contract
Book cover An Old Maid
Book cover The Thirteen
Book cover Bureaucracy
Book cover A Street of Paris and Its Inhabitant
Book cover The Ball at Sceaux
Book cover Facino Cane
Book cover A Man of Business
Book cover An Episode under the Terror
Book cover A Daughter of Eve
Book cover La Grande Breteche
Book cover Petty Troubles of Married Life
Book cover Analytical Studies
Book cover Gambara
Book cover The Recruit
Book cover The Alkahest
Book cover Melmoth Reconciled
Book cover The Lesser Bourgeoisie
Book cover Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau
Book cover The Deserted Woman
Book cover Vendetta
Book cover The Brotherhood of Consolation
Book cover Folk-Tales of Napoleon The Napoleon of the People; Napoleonder
Book cover A Prince of Bohemia
Book cover The Two Brothers
Book cover Verdugo, El
Book cover Madame Firmiani
Book cover A Start in Life
Book cover Domestic Peace
Book cover Ursula
Book cover Pierre Grassou
Book cover A Second Home
Book cover Firm of Nucingen

Part of the Comedie Humane and a "supplementary" tale to go with Father Goriot and Gobseck. Nucingen is the married family name of one of Father Goriot's daughters. "James Waring" is a pseudonym of Ellen Marriage (Balzac was considered sometimes too racy by the Victorian Age).

Book cover Study of a Woman
Book cover Parisians in the Country
Book cover Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan
Book cover The Vicar of Tours
Book cover Paz
Book cover The Village Rector
Book cover Honorine
Book cover Maitre Cornelius
Book cover The Celibates
Book cover Z. Marcas
Book cover The Deputy of Arcis
Book cover The Exiles
Book cover Pamela Giraud
Book cover The Red Inn
Book cover The Hated Son
Book cover Sons of the Soil
Book cover Juana
Book cover The Message
Book cover The Purse
Book cover Vautrin
Book cover The Illustrious Gaudissart
Book cover The Muse of the Department
Book cover Pierrette
Book cover Massimilla Doni
Book cover The Collection of Antiquities
Book cover Two Poets
Book cover Poor Relations
Book cover A Drama on the Seashore
Book cover Gaudissart II
Book cover La Grenadiere
Book cover The Commission in Lunacy
Book cover The Jealousies of a Country Town
Book cover Mercadet A Comedy in Three Acts
Book cover Unconscious Comedians
Book cover Eve and David
Book cover The Stepmother, A Drama in Five Acts
Book cover The Resources of Quinola
Book cover (French) Comédie Humaine: 07 - Scènes de la vie de province tome 3 (8-9-44)

Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne...

Book cover (French) Comédie Humaine: 08 - Scènes de la vie de province tome 4 (29-07-43) - Illusions perdues

Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne...

Book cover (French) Comédie Humaine: 09 - Scènes de la vie parisienne tome 1 (7-11-43) - Histoire des Treize

Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne...

Book cover (French) Comédie Humaine: 10 - Scènes de la vie parisienne tome 2 (29-9-44)

Ce n'était pas une petite tâche que de peindre les deux ou trois mille figures saillantes d'une époque, car telle est, en définitif, la somme des types que présente chaque génération et que La Comédie Humaine comportera. Ce nombre de figures, de caractères, cette multitude d'existences exigeaient des cadres, et, qu'on me pardonne cette expression, des galeries. De là, les divisions si naturelles, déjà connues, de mon ouvrage en Scènes de la vie privée, de province, parisienne, politique, militaire et de campagne...

Book cover (German) Sarrasine (de)

Auf den Festen der märchenhaften reichen Familie Lauty taucht immer wieder ein rätselhafter uralter Mann auf, bei dessen Anblick es den Gästen kalt über den Rücken läuft. Niemand weiß, in welcher Verbindung der Greis zu der geheimnisumwittereten Familie steht. Die Wurzeln des Geheimnisses liegen in der tragischen Lebensgeschichte des genialen Bildhauers Sarrasine, einer Geschichte voller Kunst und Musik, Liebe und Leidenschaft. (Zusammenfassung von Hokuspokus)

Book cover The Elixir of Life
Book cover Love in a Mask, or Imprudence and Happiness

Love in a Mask, or Imprudence and Happiness, is an entertaining short novel by Honoré de Balzac, unpublished in his lifetime. Beginning with a flirtatious conversation at a masked ball, Balzac introduces his two main characters, a beautiful wealthy young widow and a gallant cavalry officer, and demonstrates his creative genius with deft plot twists of hidden identity and romantic intrigue. The translation is by Alice M. Ivimy. --Lee Smalley

Book cover (French) fille aux yeux d'or

Au cours d’une promenade, le comte Henri de Marsay, un dandy féroce investi d’un pouvoir qui lui permet de plier toute personne à sa volonté rencontre Paquita, une jeune femme d’une exceptionnelle beauté. A partir de cet instant, le comte n’aura de cesse de tenter de se l’approprier et lance une expédition pour l'enlever. Mais Paquita est jalousement gardée par la Marquise de San-Réal qui est follement amoureuse d’elle. Celle-ci finira par tuer sa maîtresse... La Fille aux yeux d’or est le troisième volet de l’Histoire des Treize qui regroupe Ferragus, La Duchesse de Langeais et La Fille aux yeux d’or. (Résumé par Graigolin)


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