Balzac

Balzac

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Balzac

Balzac

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HONORÉ BALZAC, who subsequently assumed the name of Honoré de Balzac, was born at Tours on the 16th of May (Saint Honoré's Day) 1799. His father, François Balssa, had very early changed his name to Balzac; he was born at Nougaïrie, in the départment of the Tarn, in 1746. Honoré's grandfather went by the name of Balssa, and farmed land in the parish of Nougaïrie; his mother's name was Laure Sallambier, and she was born at Paris in 1778. This duality of strain in Balzac's progenitors frees the biographer from any need to go into the question of ethnology. Balzac was not the product of Touraine, nor of Languedoc, nor of Paris; he was merely of the French breed.

His father was vigorous, full-blooded, a great talker and reader, a man of startling projects . . .

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