Eugenie Grandet

Eugenie Grandet

by Honore de Balzac

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Overview

Como dijo Oscar Wilde, el siglo XIX es un invento de Balzac. Dentro de La comedia humana, el vasto ciclo de su novelística, Eugénie Grandet ocupa un lugar cenital. La historia del avaro Grandet y de su hija Eugénie, que vive desgarrada entre la tiranía de su padre y su amor por un joven parisino, compone el mejor retrato coral de la sociedad francesa de la época, a la vez que presenta a algunos de los personajes más perfectos de la historia de la literatura. No en vano, esta novela ha sido a lo largo de los años la más persistentemente popular de cuantas escribió su autor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788439727347
Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Sold by: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE GRUPO EDITORIAL
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 449 KB

About the Author

Honoré de Balzac was born 20 May 1799, the second son of a civil servant. He was brought up away from his family home, first in the care of a wet-nurse and then at a strict grammar school at Vendôme. Balzac then studied at the Sorbonne, before entering training to become a lawyer, like his father. At the age of twenty, to the consternation of his family, he announced his intention to abandon law and become a writer. His early literary works met with little success, and Balzac's various business ventures as a printer and publisher also foundered. In 1829, he began to conceive a grand design for a series of novels comprehensively portraying French society in the eighteenth century. Balzac's Comédie humaine became his life's work, comprising 91 separate works depicting private and public life in the town and country, in politics and the military. Masterpieces of the Comédie humaine include Eugénie Grandet, Père Goirot, The Wild Ass's Skin and The Black Sheep. Many of his novels were critically acclaimed on publication, and went on to profoundly influence authors from Marcel Proust and Gustave Flaubert to Charles Dickens and Henry James. At the age of fifty-one, Balzac was finally able to marry the recently widowed Evelina Hanska, whom he had loved for eighteen years. But by this time he was in very poor health and Balzac died only five months after his wedding, on 18 August 1850.

Rose Tremain’s bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music and Silence), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger (Sacred Country). Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. Her short story, ‘Moth’, was also filmed (as the award-winning Ricky) by François Ozon in 2009. Her novel, Trespass, was a Richard and Judy Bookclub Choice. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007.She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Note on the Textxxx
Select Bibliographyxxxi
A Chronology of Honore de Balzacxxxii
Portraits of Bourgeois3
The Cousin from Paris35
Provincial Love54
A Miser's Promises and Lovers' Vows90
Family Sorrows134
The Way of the World169
Explanatory Notes193

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