A Memoir of Honoré de Balzac

A Memoir of Honoré de Balzac

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A Memoir of Honoré de Balzac

A Memoir of Honoré de Balzac

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A complete life of Balzac cannot be written at the present time, and possibly never can be. The necessary documents either do not exist or they are not obtainable. Unpublished letters and papers there are, in possession of a compatriot who has done much for the bibliography of his works -- the Vicomte de Spoelberch de Lovenjoul; but even these throw little light on that inner self which Balzac's own will aided by circumstances withdrew, in a measure, from the knowledge of others. There are periods in his life when he disappears. In this there was nothing mysterious. Work was the law of his life; and the total seclusion that he needed for it, the freedom of his solitary days and laborious nights, together with his constant habit of travelling, both in France to study the scenes he pictured, and in foreign countries, kept him out of sight of friends, so that often, for months together, they lost all trace of him.

When he reappears, it is chiefly as he was seen and known by his literary friends and associates in Paris; bearing up against the trials of a hard life with his hearty Tourainean gayety, battling for his rights with . . .

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