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This comprehensive eBook presents the complete Human Comedy of Honoré de Balzac in English, with beautiful illustrations, concise introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (28MB Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Balzac's life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other works
* The COMPLETE 'La ComÈdie humaine' in English translation
* The whole series is precisely organised into Balzac's plan
* Includes Balzac's introduction AVANT-PROPOS
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Famous works such as FATHER GORIOT, COUSIN BETTY, THE MAGIC SKIN and many more are illustrated with their original artwork
* Balzac's five plays
* Criticism section, with seven essays by writers such as Henry James and Leslie Stephen, evaluating Balzac's contribution to literature
* Features five biographies - discover in depth Balzac's literary life!
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* Special CHARACTERS resource, with information on all members of the cast 'La Comédie humaine', with references to the novels and stories they appear in

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CONTENTS:

THE HUMAN COMEDY

THE HISTORY OF 'LA COM…DIE HUMAINE'
AVANT-PROPOS (PREFACE)

THE COMPLETE HUMAN COMEDY - OVER 110 NOVELS AND STORIES (too many to list)

The Short Stories
DROLL STORIES
THE NAPOLEON OF THE PEOPLE

The Plays
INTRODUCTION TO BALZAC'S DRAMAS by J. Walker McSpadden
VAUTRIN
THE RESOURCES OF QUINOLA
PAMELA GIRAUD
THE STEPMOTHER
MERCADET

RESOURCES

The Criticism
HONOR… DE BALZAC by Henry James
A LETTER, 1883 by Robert Louis Stevenson
BALZAC by John Cowper Powys
BALZAC'S NOVELS by Leslie Stephen
BALZAC by William Ernest Henley
BALZAC AS A DRAMATIST by Epiphanius Wilson
THE NOVEL by D. H. Lawrence

The Biographies
HONOR… DE BALZAC by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
HONOR… DE BALZAC, HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS by Mary F. Sandars
BALZAC AND MADAME HANSKA by Elbert Hubbard
BALZAC by Frederick Lawton
WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF BALZAC by Juanita Helm Floyd

Glossary of Characters in 'La ComÈdie humaine'

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'What holds sway over this country without morals, beliefs, or feelings? Gold and pleasure.' Sexual attraction, artistic insight, and the often ironic relationship between them is the dominant theme in the three short works collected in this volume. In Sarrasine an impetuous young sculptor falls in love with a diva of the Roman stage, but rapture turns to rage when he discovers the reality behind the seductiveness of the singer's voice. The ageing artist in The Unknown Masterpiece, obsessed with his creation of the perfect image of an ideal woman, tries to hide it from the jealous young student who is desperate for a glimpse of it. And in The Girl with the Golden Eyes, the hero is a dandy whose attractiveness for the mysterious Paquita has an unexpected origin. These enigmatic and disturbing forays into the margins of madness, sexuality, and creativity show Balzac spinning fantastic tales as profound as any of his longer fictions. His mastery of the seductions of storytelling places these novellas among the nineteenth-century's richest explorations of art and desire. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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