A Memoir of Honore de Balzac

A Memoir of Honore de Balzac

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... I/umaine, "perhaps my readers will say, 'May your life be prolonged!' My own prayer is that I may not be so much tortured by men and events as I have been in the past, since the beginning of my great and terrible labor. Yet I have had one support, for which I return thanks to God. The highest talent of our day, the noblest characters, the truest friends, have clasped my hand, and said to me, 'Take courage!' Why should I not own that such proofs of affection, such testimonials given now and then by strangers, have upheld me in my career in spite of myself, in spite of unjust attacks, in spite of calumnies that have pursued me, --upheld me against disheartenment, and also against that too vivid hope, the expression of which has sometimes been mistaken for excessive self-love?" Anecdotes that reveal the fancies and habits of a great mind and show it in action are precious, if they bear the stamp of truth; in Balzac's case they are invaluable, because so unguardedly natural. Here is one in the language of M. Leon Gozlau, somewhat abridged: --"One evening I received a note from Balzac, dated Les Jardies, asking me to meet him the next day at three o'clock, in the Champs Elysees, between the Horses of Marly and the Cafe des Ambassadeurs. I must be punctual, he said, as the matter was important. The day was dull and chilly, the ground damp, a cold wind blowing. 'Let us walk fast, ' said Balzac, when we met, ' to keep up the circulation. I have just written a little tale for the first number of the " Revue Parisienne." I am rather pleased with it, that is, I shall be when I have found--that which you must help me to find to-day. But I must describe to you the principal personage, --in fact, the only personage in this little poem of...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • abridged edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236485874
  • 9781236485878