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  • adjective Of or pertaining to Balzac or his writings
  • noun A follower of Balzac, or an author who writes in his style


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  • They're not from a literary source like Balzac, but yet they have this Balzacian aspect to them that a writer could pick up on.

    Marina Cashdan: Mental States: An Interview with George Condo

  • It is obvious that the Battle of Waterloo, as described by Stendhal, no longer belongs to the Balzacian order.

    Experimental Fiction

  • Had you not impaled certain noxious human insects, you would have better pleased Mr. Ruskin; had you confined yourself to such performances, you would have been more dear to the Neo – Balzacian school in fiction.

    Letters to Dead Authors

  • Someone who wants to squeeze the world into a book --- Balzacian, Melvillian : that's what I don't sense in Murakami, which makes his fiction seem more serviceable to everyday needs, to everyday problems, and pleasant reading, but I've attempted one of his novels, and coming out of it I didn't feel the catharsis or felt like I saw God or gained wisdom or grew another intellectual foot.

    I read this last week

  • He, reasoned, indeed, much as Balzac had done about the mines of Sardinia as worked by the Romans, and from no better premises; but several of his schemes had a distinctly Balzacian aroma,304 as his friend Arbuthnot, who was writing a life of Balzac, might have told him.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • Mauperin and Germinie Lacerteux, fixing a background, stamping the outlines, filling in details, adding particularities, all this was Balzacian method, insufficient forsooth, in the domain of psychology, but furnishing idiosyncrasy in plentiful variations.


  • Balzacian way than the introductory chapters, which, however, are more than usually tortuous.


  • Migne compared himself to a Balzacian character (a Rastignac in surplice?) and to Hercules.

    The Tycoon Priest

  • There is a Balzacian force to the descriptions of people and places, firmly set in the everyday.

    The Romance of Sinclair Lewis

  • Edel writes: "If there is any connection between The Ambassadors and the Balzacian novel it may be in Lambert Strether's struggle to discover the difference between what he sees and what he imagines…."

    Digging James


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