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Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac Essay - Honoré de Balzac Long Fiction Analysis

Honoré de Balzac Long Fiction Analysis

At the age of thirty, Honoré de Balzac resolved to become a great French writer. At first, he believed that he could accomplish this goal by emulating the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, whose historical novels were highly esteemed in France during the first half of the nineteenth century. Like Scott, Balzac would be a historian of social, psychological, and political life. Later, however, as Balzac explains in his preface to The Human Comedy, this idea was modified. Balzac finally saw his true and original role to be that of “the secretary of society” rather than that of a social historian; that is, instead of bringing the past to life, as Scott had done, Balzac chose to transcribe the life around him into fiction....

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