Père Goriot : a new translation : responses, contemporaries and other novelists, twentieth-century criticism /

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Main Author: Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.
Other Authors: Raffel, Burton.
Brooks, Peter, 1938-
Format: Book
Published:New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c1998.
Series:Norton critical edition
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Main Author:Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.
Uniform Title:Père Goriot. English

The text is accompanied by an introduction, textual annotations by the editor, and a map of Paris."Responses: Contemporaries and Other Novelists" illustrates Balzac's immense influence on other writers, among them Charles Baudelaire, Hippolyte Taine, Émile Zola, and Marcel Proust."Twentieth-Century Criticism" presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel.The critics include Ernst Robert Curtius, Albert Béguin, Erich Auerback, Georges Poulet, Michel Butor, Louis Chevalier, Pierre Barbéris, Peter Brooks, Sandy Petrey, Nicole Mozet, and Janet L. Beizer.

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Physical Description:xiii, 370 p. : maps ; 22 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 369-370).
ISBN:039397166X (pbk.)
9780393971668 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Born on May 20, 1799, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Balzac studied in Paris and worked as a law clerk while pursuing an unsuccessful career as an author. He soon accumulated enormous debts that haunted him most of his life.

A prolific writer, Balzac would often write for 14 to-16 hours at a time. His writing is marked by realistic portrayals of ordinary, but exaggerated characters and intricate detail. In 1834, Balzac began organizing his works into a collection called The Human Comedy, an attempt to group his novels to present a complete social history of France. Characters in this project reappeared throughout various volumes, which ultimately consisted of approximately 90 works. Some of his works include Cesar Birotteau, Le Cousin Pons, Seraphita, and Le Cousine Bette.

Balzac wed his lifelong love, Eveline Hanska in March 1850 although he was gravely ill at the time. Balzac died in August of that year.

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