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Balzac and the Reassembly of France

Balzac and the Reassembly of France

The Paris Review - Jérôme David

In the 1820s, when Honoré de Balzac decided to become a writer, the novel was a minor literary genre in France. Like Voltaire, educated French people preferred poetry and grand tragedy, wherein virtue, truth, enthusiasm, and hope marched solemnly across the page. As a result, contemporary French …

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