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The Works of Honoré De Balzac, Vol. 19: Seraphita: Jesus Christ in Flanders: The Exiles: Memoir (Classic Reprint).

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Pages: 812

Language: English

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Publisher: Forgotten Books (9 Sept. 2016)

By: Honoré de Balzac (Author)

Excerpt from The Works of Honoré: De Balzac, Vol. 19: Seraphita: Jesus Christ in Flanders: The Exiles: Memoir

IT is highly probable that Seraphita cost its author more than any other of his intellectual offspring. The evidence of this appears in his correspondence. Writing to Madame Zulma Garrand in January, 1834, he says, Seraphita is a work more severe than any other upon the writer What he thought of it may be gathered from another passage in the same letter, in which he speaks of it as a work as much beyond Louis Lam bert' as Louis Lambert' is beyond Gaudissart.' As he proceeded with it his labor became more intense. In March, 1835, writing to the Duchesse de Castries, he says: The toil upon this work has been crushing and terrible. I have passed, and must still pass, days and nights upon it. I compose, decompose, and recom pose it. He did not delude himself as to the kind of reception it was likely to encounter: In a few days, he Observes, all will have been said. Either I shall have won fame or the Parisians will have failed to understand me. And inasmuch as, with them, mockery commonly takes the place of understanding, I can hope only for a remote and tardy success. Eventually appre ciation will come, and at once here and there. For theviii Introduction.

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