The Black Sheep

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About the Series: Each Norton Critical Edition includes an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide range of interpretations-from contemporary perspectives to the most current critical theory-as well as a bibliography and, in most cases, a chronology of the author's life and work.

A cynical and panoramic view of 19th century Paris.

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Overview

About the Series: Each Norton Critical Edition includes an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide range of interpretations-from contemporary perspectives to the most current critical theory-as well as a bibliography and, in most cases, a chronology of the author's life and work.

A cynical and panoramic view of 19th century Paris.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442373
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/1976
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 437,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

The son of a civil servant, Honoré de Balzac was born in 1799 in Tours, France. After attending boarding school in Vendôme, he gravitated to Paris where he worked as a legal clerk and a hack writer, using various pseudonyms, often in collaboration with other writers. Balzac turned exclusively to fiction at the age of thirty and went on to write a large number of novels and short stories set amid turbulent nineteenth-century France. He entitled his collective works The Human Comedy. Along with Victor Hugo and Dumas père and fils, Balzac was one of the pillars of French romantic literature. He died in 1850, shortly after his marriage to the Polish countess Evelina Hanska, his lover of eighteen years.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    Two brothers of an impoverished family fight for their inheritan

    Two brothers of an impoverished family fight for their inheritance in France. The mother of the boys has combined her estate with her aunt’s and it looks as though a young peasant who was taken in by the wealthy patriarch will inherit the wealth. The brothers attempt to win her affection thinking they will gain the inheritance. Balzac has a way with words that makes you feel as though you are in the room with these people as they plot. It is a fascinating look at human passions and corruption. I enjoyed the heavy descriptive style. The book was completely engrossing.

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