Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac

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Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac

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Balzac’s short stories, which we call in French nouvelles, are, generally speaking, not the best-known or the most popular part of his work; nor are they the part best fitted to give a true and complete idea of his genius. But some of them are none the less masterpieces in their kind; they have characteristics and a significance not always possessed by their author’s long novels, such as Eugénie Grandet or Cousin Pons; and finally, for this very reason, they hold in the unfinished structure of The Human Comedy a place which it will be interesting to try to determine. That is all that will be attempted in this Introduction.

Some of the stories contained in the present . . .

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