The Vicar’s Passion is one of Balzac’s early works (often referred to as Pot-Boilers) to which he did not sign his real name. Le Vicaire des Ardennes was published under the pseudonym of Horace de Saint-Aubin.
The Yahoo Balzac Group will be reading and discussing this work beginning October 1.
Publisher’s Comment: The novel begins with a brilliant comedic scene in which the local bourgeoisie wonders about its new vicar, a dashingly handsome young man with a dark, brooding personality. Ultimately, they begin to uncover his “terrible” past . . .