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Eugenie Grandet : World's Classics - Honoré de Balzac

Eugenie Grandet

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 31st August 2009
ISBN: 9780199555895
Number Of Pages: 240

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'Who is going to marry EugA(c)nie Grandet?'
This is the question that fills the minds of the inhabitants of Saumur, the setting for EugA(c)nie Grandet (1833), one of the earliest and most famous novels in Balzac's ComA(c)die humaine. The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of EugA(c)nie's cousin Charles, recently orphaned and penniless. EugA(c)nie's emotional awakening, stimulated by her love for her cousin, brings her into direct conflict with her father, whose cunning and financial success are matched against her determination to rebel.
EugA(c)nie's moving story is set against the backdrop of provincial oppression, the vicissitudes of the wine trade, and the workings of the financial system in the aftermath of the French Revolution. It is both a poignant portrayal of private life and a vigorous fictional document of its age.

ISBN: 9780199555895
ISBN-10: 0199555893
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 31st August 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.17

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Honore De Balzac

About the Author


Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician. He failed in all of these efforts. La Comédie Humaine reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.

Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. In 1850, he married Ewelina Hańska, his longtime paramour; he died five months later.

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