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The Resource Balzac : a biography, Graham Robb

Balzac : a biography, Graham Robb

Label
Balzac : a biography
Title
Balzac
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Graham Robb
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the first major English biography of Honore de Balzac for over fifty years, Graham Robb has produced a compelling portrait of the great French novelist whose powers of creation were matched only by his self-destructive tendencies. As colorful as the world he described, Balzac is the perfect subject for biography: a relentless seducer whose successes were as spectacular as his catastrophes; a passionate collector, inventor, explorer, and political campaigner; a mesmerizing storyteller with the power to make his fantasies come true. Balzac's early life was a struggle against literary disappointment and poverty, and he learned his trade by writing a series of lurid commercial novels. Robb shows how Balzac's craving for wealth, fame, and happiness produced a series of hare-brained entrepreneurial schemes which took him to the remotest parts of Europe and into a love affair with a Polish countess whom he courted for fifteen years by correspondence. Out of these experiences emerged some of the finest novels in the Realist tradition. Skillfully interweaving the life with the novels, Robb presents Balzac as one of the great tragi-comic heroes of the nineteenth century, a man whose influence both in and outside his native France has been, and still is, immense
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robb, Graham
Dewey number
  • 843/.7
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ2178
LC item number
.R48 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Balzac, Honoré de
  • Novelists, French
  • Balzac, Honore de
  • Novelists, French
Label
Balzac : a biography, Graham Robb
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 477-492) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Provincial life (1799-1814) -- 2. Parisian life (1815-1819) -- 3. Dreams (1819-1820) -- 4. Gutter poetry (1821-1822) -- 5. Divine intercourse (1822-1824) -- 6. The price of free enterprise (1824-1828) -- 7. The last of the Chouans (1828-1830) -- 8. Absolute power (1830-1832) -- 9. Madness (1832)
  • 10. The ideal woman (1832-1834) -- 11. Family planning (1834-1836) -- 12. Illusions lost and found (1836-1837) -- 13. Buried treasure (1838) -- 14. Barbarians (1839-1842) -- 15. The end of the tunnel (1842-1845) -- 16. Revolution (1845-1848) -- 17. Home (1848-1850) -- 18. The human comedy (Epilogue)
Control code
30436965
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xvii, 521 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393036794
Lccn
94018614
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1611682
  • (OCoLC)30436965
Label
Balzac : a biography, Graham Robb
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 477-492) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Provincial life (1799-1814) -- 2. Parisian life (1815-1819) -- 3. Dreams (1819-1820) -- 4. Gutter poetry (1821-1822) -- 5. Divine intercourse (1822-1824) -- 6. The price of free enterprise (1824-1828) -- 7. The last of the Chouans (1828-1830) -- 8. Absolute power (1830-1832) -- 9. Madness (1832)
  • 10. The ideal woman (1832-1834) -- 11. Family planning (1834-1836) -- 12. Illusions lost and found (1836-1837) -- 13. Buried treasure (1838) -- 14. Barbarians (1839-1842) -- 15. The end of the tunnel (1842-1845) -- 16. Revolution (1845-1848) -- 17. Home (1848-1850) -- 18. The human comedy (Epilogue)
Control code
30436965
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xvii, 521 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393036794
Lccn
94018614
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1611682
  • (OCoLC)30436965

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