American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Balzac, Honoré de 1799-1850. French writer and a founder of the realist school of fiction who portrayed the panorama of French society in a body of works known collectively as La Comédie Humaine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Person Honore de Balzac, a French novelist; b. 1799, d. 1850.
- n. French novelist; he portrays the complexity of 19th century French society (1799-1850)
“-- The extraordinarily complicated bibliography of Balzac will be found all but complete in the _Histoire des oeuvres_ (1875 and later), attached by M. Spoelberch de Lovenjoul to the _Édition définitive_, and supplemented by him in numerous smaller works, _Autour de Balzac_, _Une”
“[Brochure of M. le Docteur Fournier in regard to the statue of Balzac, that statue a piece of work to which M. Henry Renault -- another devotee who had established _Le Balzac_ -- had given himself so ardently.”
“As to Balzac is it not open to us to argue with what is written there?”
“Not only has the development been considerable since the middle of the nineteenth century, but it began immediately, in Balzac's own period.”
“Rhetorically, I suppose you would call all of those riding crops and cravats and shirt buttons in Balzac's world synecdoches: they are parts that stand for an intelligible whole.”
“This fact alone summarizes the exorbitant economy in Balzac which links together writing and excessive consumption. close window”
“A related oscillation between homage and satire figures prominently in Balzac's supplement to the”
“In the hope that the books within might provide me with a clue to the identity of the owner, I placed my head to the glass and scrutinised the titles, but was disappointed to be confronted with uniform sets of the world's great writers, each in his original tongue: Dickens in English, Balzac in French, Goethe in German, and Dante in Italian.”
“We can see ourselves reflected more clearly in Balzac's Parisians than in a modern American who goes into raptures when his daughter says "Toyota Celica" in her sleep.”
“Becoming ironical, she called Balzac a _Vetturino per amore_, and told him she had heard that Madame Hanska was, to be sure, exceedingly flattered by his homage and made him follow wherever she went -- but only through vanity and pride, -- that she was indeed very happy in having for _patito_ a man of genius, but that her social position was too high to permit his aspiring to any other title.”
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