About Catherine de' Medici, And, Seraphita and Other Stories (Classic Reprint)

About Catherine de' Medici, And, Seraphita and Other Stories (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from About Catherine De' Medici, And, Seraphita and Other Stories This book (as to which it is important to remember the Bar if injustice is not to be done to the intentions of the author) has plenty of interest of more kinds than one; but it is per haps more interesting because of the place it holds in Bal zac' s work than for itself. He had always considerable hankerings after the historical novel: his early and lifelong devotion to Scott would sufficiently account for that. More than one of the mum's: do J mums attempts the form in a more or less conscious way: the Chouans, the first successful book, definitely attempts it; but by far the most ambitious attempt is to be found in the book before us. It is most probable that it was of this, if of anything of his own, that Balzac was thinking when, in 18-10, he wrote disdainfully to Madame Hanska about Dumas, and expressed himself to wards Les Trois M ousquetaires (which had whiled him through a day of cold and inability to work) nearly as un gratefully as Carlyle did towards Captain Marryat. And though it is, let it be repeated, a mistake, and a rather un fair mistake, to give such a title to the book as might induce readers to regard it as a single and definite novel, of which Catherine is the heroine, though it is made up of three parts written at very different times, it has a unity which the in troduction shows to some extent, and which a rejected preface given by M. De Lovenjoul shows still better. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 820 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 41mm | 1,075g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 34 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243261470
  • 9780243261475