Twelve short stories by two great French writers - Balzac and Zola. Short stories include the following:
Captain Burle – Emile Zola
Bertha the Penitent - Honore de Balzac
Death of Olivier Becaille – Emile Zola
The Danger of Being Too Innocent – Honore de Balzac
The Fete at Coqueville – Emile Zola
The Elixir of Life – Honore de Balzac
The Flood – Emile Zola
The Reproach – Honore de Balzac
Jean Gourdon’s Four Days – Emile Zola
The Succubus – Honore de Balzac
The Miller Daughter – Emile Zola
Innocence – Honore de Balzac
Honoré de Balzac (French pronunciation: [1799 – 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon.
Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multifaceted characters, who are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists such as Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Benito Pérez Galdós, Marie Corelli, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Many of Balzac's works have been made into or have inspired films, and they are a continuing source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and critics.
Émile François Zola (1840 – 1902) was a French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J'Accuse.