Balzac's Lives

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Enter the mind of French literary giant Honoré de Balzac through a study of nine of his greatest characters and the novels they inhabit. Balzac's Lives illuminates the writer's life, era, and work in a completely original way.

Balzac, more than anyone, invented the 19th-century novel, and Oscar Wilde went so far as to say that Balzac had invented the 19th century. But it was above all through the wonderful, unforgettable, extravagant characters that Balzac dreamed up and made fleshentrepreneurs, bankers, inventors, industrialists, poets, artists, bohemians of both sexes, journalists, aristocrats, politicians, prostitutesthat he brought to life the dynamic forces of an era that ushered in our own. Peter Brooks's Balzac's Lives is a vivid and searching portrait of a great novelist as revealed through the fictional lives he imagined.

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Author: Peter Brooks

Type: Hardcover

Pages: 280

Dim: 5.7" x 0.9" x 8.4"

Item Number: 9781681374499