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The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep( )
Author: Balzac, Honoré de
Foreword by: Adamson, Donald
Translator: Adamson, Donald
Introduction by: Adamson, Donald
Series title:Penguin Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-14-044237-3
Publication Date:Nov 1976
Publisher:Penguin Books, Limited
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $35.00
Book Description:

His elegantly-crafted tale of sibling rivalry, Honoré de Balzac's The Black Sheep is translated from the French with an introduction by Donald Adamson in Penguin Classics.

Philippe and Joseph Bridau are two extremely different brothers. The elder, Philippe, is a superficially heroic soldier and adored by their mother Agathe. He is nonetheless a bitter figure, secretly gambling away her savings after a brief but glorious career as Napoleon's aide-de-camp at the battle...
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Book Details
Pages:352
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Literary
Fiction / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.9 x 19.8 x 2 cm
Book Weight:0.258 Kilograms
Author Biography
de Balzac, Honore (Author)
Born on May 20, 1799, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Balzac studied in Paris and worked as a law clerk while pursuing an unsuccessful career as an author. He soon accumulated enormous debts that haunted him most of his life.

A prolific writer, Balzac would often write for 14 to-16 hours at a time. His writing is marked by realistic portrayals of ordinary, but exaggerated characters and intricate detail. In 1834, Balzac began organizing his works into a collection called The Human Comedy, an attempt to group his novels to present a complete social history of France. Characters in this project reappeared throughout various volumes, which ultimately consisted of approximately 90 works. Some of his works include Cesar Birotteau, Le Cousin Pons, Seraphita, and Le Cousine Bette.

Balzac wed his lifelong love, Eveline Hanska in March 1850 although he was gravely ill at the time. Balzac died in August of that year.

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