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The Cambridge Companion to Balzac

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One of the founders of literary realism and the serial novel, Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was a prolific writer who produced more than a hundred novels, plays and short stories during his career. With its dramatic plots and memorable characters, Balzac's fiction has enthralled generations of readers. 'La Comedie humaine', the vast collection of works in which he strove to document every aspect of nineteenth-century French society, has influenced writers from Flaubert, Zola and Proust to Dostoevsky and Oscar Wilde. This Companion provides a critical reappraisal of Balzac, combining studies of his major novels with guidance on the key narrative and thematic features of his writing. Twelve chapters by world-leading specialists encompass a wide spectrum of topics such as the representation of history, philosophy and religion, the plight of the struggling artist, gender and sexuality, and Balzac's depiction of the creative process itself.

Product code: 9781107691285

ISBN 9781107691285
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW162xS15
No. Of Pages 246
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Companions to Literature
This Companion provides a critical reappraisal of the hugely influential French realist writer Honore de Balzac, focusing on the key narrative and thematic features of his writing. Twelve chapters by world-leading Balzac specialists offer an essential reference point for study of his work.