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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Honore de Balzac, a French novelist; b. 1799, d. 1850.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. French novelist; he portrays the complexity of 19th century French society (1799-1850)

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Examples

  • -- 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

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • [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.

    Repertory of the Comedie Humaine Part 1

  • As to Balzac is it not open to us to argue with what is written there?

    Reading Workshop I « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Not only has the development been considerable since the middle of the nineteenth century, but it began immediately, in Balzac's own period.

    Experimental Fiction

  • 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.

    Realism in Fiction

  • This fact alone summarizes the exorbitant economy in Balzac which links together writing and excessive consumption. close window

    Notes on 'Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire'

  • A related oscillation between homage and satire figures prominently in Balzac's supplement to the

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • 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.

    the mission song

  • 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.

    A Reader's Manifesto

  • 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.

    Women in the Life of Balzac

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