The Prodigal Genius

The Prodigal Genius

Now that we have finished reading The Human Comedy, we are exploring other works by Balzac and relating to Balzac.

The first work chosen was a biography: The Prodigal Genius: The Life and Times of Honoré de Balzac by by Noel B. Gerson. We began June 1, 2012.


Honoré de Balzac by George Saintsbury

This general introduction attempts to deal chiefly, if not solely, with Balzac’s life, and with the general characteristics of his work and genius. Particular books and special exemplifications of that genius will be only incidentally referred to in it; more detailed criticism as well as a summary of the bibliographical information, which is often so interesting and sometimes so important in Balzac’s case, being reserved for the short prefaces to the various volumes of the series. Continue reading