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Father Goriot By Honoré de Balzac
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Father Goriot (Le Père Goriot in French) is about an old man, Goriot, who has sacrificed his wealth to provide a comfortable living for his two daughers Delphine and Anastasie. He shares a... More > boarding house with the social climber Rastignac, and a political agitator named Vautrin. Goriot supports the interests of Rastignac in his daughter, but she rejects his advances, and even worse, she and her sister ignore Father Goriot when he most needs them. Le Père Goriot was published in 1834/1835 in serial format, and is widely considered to be one of Balzac's most important novels. It is the first novel in which he uses seriously uses characters from previous books in his La Comédie humaine series (a technique which was to become a characteristic of his writing).< Less
Cousin Betty By Honoré de Balzac
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Cousin Betty is an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family. Together with Valérie Marneffe, an unhappily married young lady, she seduces and torments a... More > series of men. One of these is Baron Hector Hulot, husband to Bette's cousin Adeline. He sacrifices his family's fortune and good name to please Valérie, who leaves him for a tradesman named Crevel. The book is part of the Scènes de la vie parisienne section of Balzac's novel sequence La Comédie humaine ("The Human Comedy"). Published in 1846/1847 in serial format, Cousin Betty is considered to be Balzac's last great novel.< Less

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