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The Works of Honoré de Balzac About Catherine de' Medici, Seraphita and Other Stories   By: (1799-1850)

The Works of Honoré de Balzac About Catherine de' Medici, Seraphita and Other Stories by Honoré de Balzac

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THE WORKS OF HONORÉ De BALZAC

About Catherine de' Medici

Seraphita

AND OTHER STORIES

With Introductions by

GEORGE SAINTSBURY

UNIVERSITY EDITION

AVIL PUBLISHING COMPANY PHILADELPHIA.

COPYRIGHTED 1901

BY

John D. Avil

All Rights Reserved

CONTENTS

PART I

PAGE

INTRODUCTION ix

ABOUT CATHERINE DE' MEDICI : ( Sur Catherine de Medicis )

PREFACE 3

PART I. THE CALVINIST MARTYR 44

" II. THE RUGGIERI'S SECRET 233

" III. THE TWO DREAMS 308

GAMBARA 327

( Gambara )

PART II

INTRODUCTION ix

SERAPHITA :

( Séraphita )

I. SERAPHITUS 2

II. SERAPHITA 22

III. SERAPHITA SERAPHITUS 40

IV. THE CLOUDS OF THE SANCTUARY 82

V. THE FAREWELL 112

VI. THE ROAD TO HEAVEN 123

VII. THE ASSUMPTION 134

LOUIS LAMBERT 145

( Louis Lambert )

THE EXILES

( Les Proscrits )

ALMAE SORORI 259

MAÎTRE CORNÉLIUS 293

( Maître Cornélius )

THE ELIXIR OF LIFE 359

( L'Elixir de longue Vie )

(Translators, CLARA BELL AND JAMES WARING)

ILLUSTRATIONS

PART I

QUADRANGLE OF THE COLLEGE OF VENDÔME WHERE BALZAC WAS EDUCATED Frontispiece

PAGE

"I AM CHAUDIEU!" 53

PLACED HIMSELF IN FRONT OF A LOOKING GLASS 328

PART II

TOWER IN WHICH BALZAC PASSED MOST OF HIS TIME AT COLLEGE 164

HE NOW SAW WITH A TERRIFIED SHUDDER THAT THERE WAS A BRIGHT LIGHT ON THE STAIRS, AND PERCEIVED CORNÉLIUS, IN HIS OLD DALMATIC, CARRYING HIS LAMP 324

ABOUT CATHERINE DE' MEDICI

AND

GAMBARA

INTRODUCTION

This book (as to which it is important to remember the Sur if injustice is not to be done to the intentions of the author) has plenty of interest of more kinds than one; but it is perhaps more interesting because of the place it holds in Balzac's work than for itself. He had always considerable hankerings after the historical novel: his early and lifelong devotion to Scott would sufficiently account for that. More than one of the Oeuvres de Jeunesse attempts the form in a more or less conscious way: the Chouans , the first successful book, definitely attempts it; but by far the most ambitious attempt is to be found in the book before us. It is most probable that it was of this, if of anything of his own, that Balzac was thinking when, in 1846, he wrote disdainfully to Madame Hanska about Dumas, and expressed himself towards Les Trois Mousquetaires (which had whiled him through a day of cold and inability to work) nearly as ungratefully as Carlyle did towards Captain Marryat. And though it is, let it be repeated, a mistake, and a rather unfair mistake, to give such a title to the book as might induce readers to regard it as a single and definite novel, of which Catherine is the heroine, though it is made up of three parts written at very different times, it has a unity which the introduction shows to some extent, and which a rejected preface given by M... Continue reading book >>




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